Walkingstick pulls another surprise

by Howard Apple­gate
     Willie Walk­ing­stick did it again. He pulled off anoth­er suprise elec­tion vic­to­ry, defeat­ing favorite Shawn Hedrick in a 54–46 upset.
     Walkingstick’s vic­to­ry now gives the City Coun­cil a slight tilt toward the slow-growth posi­tion. Walk­ing­stick accused his oppo­nent of hav­ing vest­ed inter­est in real estate devel­op­ment, and vowed to vote against any new expan­sion projects.
     Evi­dent­ly, the vot­ers agreed with him. Jasper Brad­ford, when asked why he sup­port­ed Walk­ing­stick, said, “I know a lot of folks think he’s over the top, but I can’t abide the Coun­cil being run by the real estate lob­by.”
     Brad­ford was refer­ring to the fact that two of Germaine’s cur­rent City Coun­cil Mem­bers have ties to the indus­try. Angela Arra­to­la is a real estate bro­ker, and Patri­cia Lund­gren is mar­ried to an investor with land inter­ests. Both Coun­cil Mem­bers have been known to favor pro-devel­op­ment poli­cies.
     May­or McCoy, a mod­er­ate, will like­ly be a swing vote on this issue. An old-fash­ioned con­ser­v­a­tive, he tends to fol­low a cau­tious course.

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