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Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

09.10.06 --- EDITORIAL: Crossing my fingers for an election

Crossing my fingers for an election
Qualifying period for council seat begins Monday


McINTOSH -- We're up against another qualifying period next week for anyone wanting to run for McIntosh town council to fill Jim Strange's vacant seat. The period begins at noon Sept. 11 and runs though noon Sept. 15.

I was thinking that wouldn't it be a very cool thing if we had an election this time around? That's a hard thing to ask, I know, in a town where we barely got one volunteer to run for each of the last two seats. But after two seats have been appointed to candidates who've run unopposed, it sure would be nice to see some democracy in action.

In fact, before the Primary election, I was a little worried about McIntosh. OK -- I am always a little worried about McIntosh. But I was worried about the way we've choosen our leaders -- not to slight either Lee or Eva Jo. I've been wondering if maybe democracy isn't being served as the revolving door of the town council ushers in new council members who step up one by one to take seats that no one else wants.

But then I looked at the numbers in the archive of the Supervisor of Elections website.

In the 2004 Primary election, 144 people voted in precinct 60 -- McIntosh. This year, the Primary pulled in 378 votes from this precinct. That increase is huge people. HUGE. Think about it: The last election for a council member in 2005 pulled 290 voters, and that was a close race.

I can't explain why the numbers are up. Maybe y'all have a secret hankering to see Charlie Crist in the Governor's mansion. But I look at those numbers and I think -- man, I would like to see the people of McIntosh elect the next council member. For everything that everyone has said about this town being torn apart this year, those numbers say something completely different.

Those numbers say these people are on the same page, they care about and want a voice in their government. They want to choose their leaders.

Last week, Julie had some tentative numbers in the office for the town totals, she said they thought 341 McIntosh residents voted last Tuesday. We only have 361 registered voters in town.

It's time we had an election, folks. I know in the far corners of town, people are racking their brains to come up with someone who run for the rest of Strange's term.

If you even think you might want to serve, this is the time to step up. Win or lose, you would be doing the town a service because you would be giving the people of McIntosh a choice.

posted by Cher @ 9:04 PM,


At   September 10, 2006 10:10 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Who do you think would be good canidates to run?

At   September 10, 2006 10:34 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Anyone willing to come to meetings, listen to the constituents and make informed decisions would be a good candidate. Patience is a virtue that would be helpful!

K. Deaderick

At   September 11, 2006 9:47 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I believe, the last election you are speaking of included voters
not just from McIntosh, but
elsewhere also.

At   September 11, 2006 11:03 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

Oh yeah, I agree. More folks than McIntosh residents vote at the town's Civic Center. But it's still significant if you break those numbers down and compare this year's primary (378 votes) to the last primary election in McIntosh (144 votes.) Like I said, I don't know all the factors but it's an impressive turnout.

At   September 12, 2006 2:50 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

You have to consider though that last year there was no governor up for election and this year there was. That makes a difference.

At   September 12, 2006 7:44 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

The numbers are still up. The 2002 primary election results are not online so your rebuttal is inconclusive without those numbers. It's hardly scientific but we can always look to the people who were voting that day. I hear the polls were hopping in the Tosh. Anyone have to stand in line?

At   September 13, 2006 12:39 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

looks like howard is going to be running against himself!

At   September 13, 2006 9:05 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Glad to hear Howard is willing
to serve again! He is an asset
to the town!


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