Election Day Shocker

by Howard Apple­gate
     Willie Walk­ing­stick, who many Ger­maine pun­dits wrote off as a “lib­er­al gad­fly,” pulled a sur­pris­ing sec­ond place fin­ish in the race for City Coun­cil. Walk­ing­stick, with 34% of the vote, deprived front-run­ner Shawn Hedrick of an out­right major­i­ty, forc­ing a fall run-off elec­tion.
     Walk­ing­stick ran a cam­paign based on the issue of account­abil­i­ty, claim­ing that Hedrick had a con­flict of inter­est, and would run rough-shod over the City Char­ter. He also promised to put for­ward a motion call­ing for the impeach­ment of Pres­i­dent Bush, which was wide­ly ridiculed, and attacked as inap­pro­pri­ate for a small town coun­cil.
     Enough vot­ers evi­dent­ly agreed with him, how­ev­er, to push him into a replay in Novem­ber.
     Hedrick said he is not flapped. “Walk­ing­stick is noth­ing but a peren­ni­al trou­ble­mak­er,” he said. “His sil­ly antics will sway no one. Where do you expect Geena’s vot­ers to go? Sure­ly not to the looney left.”
     Walk­ing­stick just laughed when told of Hedrick’s com­ment. “We’ll just see about that,” he added.
     The num­ber of Ger­maine cit­i­zens who vot­ed soared to a record for a pri­ma­ry elec­tion. Accord­ing to the Wilbur Coun­ty elec­tions divi­sion, near­ly 70% of eli­gi­ble vot­ers cast a bal­lot. It was the first con­test­ed elec­tion in near­ly two decades.

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