Well, here it is—my second special election run for Lamar Town Council. Polls open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM at Lamar Town Hall.
This election is a special election to fill a vacancy, the result of another resignation from Town Council. Lang Howell, the Mayor Pro Tempore, stepped down, triggering the special election today. I paid my $17.50 filing fee back in November, and am the only declared candidate on the ballot.
Regular readers will recall that this similar tactic was used—successfully—to defeat myself and another filed candidate in a 14 July 2020 special election race. Some churches in town, heavily inclined demographically in one direction, fielded a last-minute candidate, Mary Ann Mack, who won a stunning upset victory, winning 86-28-23 (Mack-Cook-Segars).
Fortunately, this time around I’m a tad more prepared and well-known around town, and don’t have a filed opponent to split the vote. A local salon owner—who ran for Town Council and lost a couple of years ago, but whom I voted for—has really gotten behind my campaign and has organized door-knockers to go around today to remind people to vote. A former a student of mine, a resident of Lamar, has been drumming up support on my behalf. Also, there is a rumor—unconfirmed—that there may be a second write-in candidate of a certain demographic, that could split that vote and make it easier for me to survive a write-in campaign.
Most importantly, I know far more of my neighbors now than I did six months ago. My wildly popular Front Porch Spooktacular actually really helped raise my profile in the community; it’s hard to ignore fifty people in Halloween costumes on your neighbor’s front law. Not to be proud or conceited, but I come across good on-stage, what with my boyish charisma and all. I also assume it’s a similar psychology that motivates some folks to vote for you as it is to get girls: everyone wants to like the guy that everyone else likes.
Some of my own pavement pounding—which, I will confess, has been woefully limited, but more than the July election—has helped. Getting out to the Lamar Christmas Festival and Parade put me in touch with some good folks, and gave me an opportunity to spread the word about my election.
I am most thankful to my neighbors who have made phone calls, knocked on doors, and talked to friends about the election. Apparently, one lady has even made up some flyers! That’s great, assuming she didn’t doodle in a little mustache and a swastika on me or something (I’m sure she didn’t—she’s a little old lady, a different kind of blue-hair than the SJWs). If I win today, it will be thanks to them, and I won’t forget it.
So here’s to victory! Vote for me!