I was relieved at having (just barely) time to vote Tuesday; I was afraid I wasn't going to have a chance to vote against the Mayor!
For once, I wasn't the only one. Poll workers said many voters asked who the incumbents were, so they could vote for their opponents! Local news reports concur.
Someone -- and I'm pretty sure his initials are L. Neil Smith -- has been pushing the "never vote for an incumbent" meme and I'd like to think it's had some effect here. The fact that city government has made a number of missteps recently, along with voter outrage over some State-level tax idiocy, was undoubtedly the prime mover.
With a little luck and even a smattering of good sense, our new Republican Mayor and City/County Council will take the message to hert: they have not received a mandate, they're the player called in to replace a failed team. ...And there's plenty more where they came from, so, new guys? Better give it your best effort! I wish I could tell you I'm holding my breath.
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