Thursday, June 21, 2007

C'mon, everybody's doing it...

Bill Minckler is running for mayor of Bexley.
Matt Lampke is running for mayor of Bexley.
Eugene Weiss is running for mayor of Bexley.

Before I had a chance to comment on that last one, it turns out that

William Harvey is running for mayor of Bexley.
I found this out by reading about David Madison - For the first time since the height of Disco Fever,

David Madison is not running for mayor of Bexley.

Here are some numbers. In 2006, 4806 people cast ballots at Bexley polling places in the November election. Approximately 1508 cast absentee ballots (estimate methodology upon request). So, we're looking at 6314 Bexley voters, representing a 65% turnout, in an even year/non pres. election. Making one of those big U & Me type of assumptions, I'll assume that turnout dropoff from the lack of top-ticket races will be approximately offset by turnout increases due to competitive mayor/council races.

The upshot? Our next mayor could get into office with fewer than 1600 votes. With a couple more names and a more typical odd-year drop-off, we could easily see a winning total with three digits.

This could certainly get very interesting.

As far as actual comments go, I know next to nothing about Mr. Weiss. Mr. Harvey has served on the Main Street Redevelopment Commission, a body which has overseen some real improvements. In true blogger tradition I'll welcome Mr. Harvey to the campaign by highlighting one of the most grammatically awkward quotes of 2007:

However, the synagogue would not have windows. It would be a large stone structure that some commission members feared would not mesh with the rest of Bexley.

"My initial reaction when I first saw the pictures was 'Wow, no amount of trees are going to soften that,'" commission member William Harvey said.

It's okay, William, sometimes graphic depictions of architecture rob me of the speech faculty myself.

And Finally, for those keeping score at home, William Harvey is a registered Democrat, whereas Eugene Weiss is listed as unaffiliated with the BOE.


Anonymous said...

William Harvey maybe a registered democrat, BUT he and his wife support GEORGE BUSH, they helped organize the group who were against the income tax for the Bexley School System.

Anonymous said...

Bill Harvey kicks ass. And leave his wife alone. She's a nice lady.

Anonymous said...

Go to Post it on your list.