Why I love local politics

Crazy stuff like this can happen: A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were elected as mayors, an incumbent who refused to serve was nearly re-elected anyway, a man in jail was elected to school board, and one mayor has Rosa Parks’ funeral to thank for his victory.

“MONTROSE, Pa. – … a mayor who said he would refuse to serve if re-elected lost by four votes.”
“HILLSDALE, Mich. – An 18-year-old has been elected mayor, ousting the 51-year-old incumbent, after mounting a write-in campaign that he financed with his summer job.”
“LINESVILLE, Pa. – This borough’s newest mayor wasn’t even old enough to vote for himself in the primary.”
Odds and Ends From Local Elections – AP

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The winner of a school board election didn’t campaign, attend forums or even go to any school board meetings before the vote — because he was in jail.

Randy Logan Hale won 831 votes in Tuesday’s election, securing one of three open seats on the Romoland School District Board in a community about 70 miles north of San Diego.
Jailed Man Wins School Board Election – AP

DETROIT – …Bob Berg, a campaign consultant to [incumbent Mayor Kwame] Kilpatrick, said [Rosa Parks’] funeral changed the dynamics of the campaign. [The challenger Freman] Hendrix, who had been running television ads that criticized Kilpatrick’s management record, pulled them off the air while the city mourned.

The campaign, Berg said, took a break, and Kilpatrick suddenly had a platform to be the mayor. “It gave people a chance to see him in a different light, see a much more mature, in-depth person,” he said.
Rosa Parks Funeral Helped Detroit Mayor – AP

1 thought on “Why I love local politics

  1. Ruby, in Detroit it also didn’t hurt that the mayor’s mother, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, represents Michigan’s 13th Congressional District (Detroit) and is serveing her 5th term!

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