Council campaign heats up, charges fly

by Howard Apple­gate
    Can­di­date Shawn Hedrick refused to com­ment today on accu­sa­tions that he has a con­flict of inter­est in his race for City Coun­cil. Willie Walk­ing­stick, his oppo­nent, called on him to drop out, cit­ing Hedrick’s own­er­ship of sev­er­al devel­op­ment prop­er­ties which he has been attempt­ing to annex to Ger­maine for sev­er­al years.
    Walk­ing­stick spoke up at a meet­ing of the plan­ning com­mit­tee, cre­at­ing some­thing of a stir when he refused to sit down after com­mit­tee Chair Angela Arra­to­la ruled him out of order. Walk­ing­stick, who has been fre­quentl­ly known to ignore Mr. Roberts rules, instead pre­sent­ed his case against Hedrick.
    Arra­to­la told this reporter after the meet­ing, “Walk­ing­stick is a lunatic. His per­for­mance here tonight shows he is not suit­able for a seat on the City Coun­cil.”
    When told of Arratola’s com­ment, Walk­ing­stick stood by his actions, accus­ing Ms. Arra­to­la of being “one of Hedrick’s real estate goons.”
    “It’s the only way some­one like me can be heard,” Walk­ing­stick said in defense of his behav­ior.
    Walk­ing­stick also took the occa­sion to announce anoth­er annu­al “Indige­nous Rights Day” demon­stra­tion on Octo­ber 5th, this year at city hall, “to protest that butch­er Colum­bus, and let Mr. Hedrick know who real­ly owns his land.”

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