Monday, March 16, 2009
Or Why Some Call it the Silly Season Last Friday I received a call from a neighbor who asked that I place a yard sign in a co-workers yard. Ever the politician, I could not resist the opportunity to put up another yard sign, so I jumped in my car and planted the new sign The next morning I received a phone call from a gentleman who told me it was his yard that the sign was placed in. He had no problem with the sign, but did have a problem with what transpired the following morning. He told me my opponent for Alderman in Ward 1 had stopped by his house early Saturday morning and asked if I had been given permission to place the yard sign. The gentleman told my opponent, “Yes, he put the sign there because I asked him to.” He then sent him on his way. For the record – I always ask permission before putting up a yard sign. The yard sign caper has caused me to wonder what is going on in other wards this election. So, I asked around. Here is what I have found out: WARD 2: Justin Tomac is challenging incumbent Jim Hamilton. Both are known be campaigning. But both seem to have had a late start. It is too early to tell what may develop in this race. WARD 3: Alan Adams vs. Christine White. Adams is known to be campaigning and passing out literature. There are not any reports of Christine White actively campaigning for re-election. WARD 4: This is turning out to be the race to watch. Both candidates, Sandy Hartwell and Bill VanBuskirk, are campaigning hard. With just over three weeks left until the April 7th election, it appears that either candidate is capable of winning. WARD 5: An interesting set of contests because two aldermen will be elected on April 7th. Three of the seats have no incumbent. Alderman Clifford Sargeon was appointed to finish the incomplete term of Pat Reilly. Of the four candidates running, Michael Lightfoot seems to have the most active campaign. He has yard signs out and has been seen campaigning door to door. Steve Mock is reported to be campaigning behind the scenes. A few of his yard signs have begun to show up throughout the Ward. There is little campaign activity reported on by the other two candidates, Clifford Sargeon and David A. Ward. SCHOOL BOARD: Only one candidate, Rick Thode, has made an impression with his campaign. He appears to have a well-organized campaign effort that has made good use of yard signs in boosting his name identification.