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Peter Children: Incumbents do lose, and here’s proof

Op-ed:

A story in the Globe-Gazette today reported that three incumbents on the Charles City School Board lost their bid for re-election. What does that say? It dispels the notion as an old wives tale that incumbents are hard to beat, in truth they are easy to beat….especially those who have no record of accomplishment during their previous term.

From conversations I have had with two current candidates who are out door knocking…..the comments, while encouraging are not that all surprising. The vast majority, and I emphise the word vast, are very vocal about the incumbent Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the Second Ward representative Travis Hickey. I found it strange that so many homes in succession were in accordance in their thinking. Neither are well liked by those who intend to vote. They also said each resident was determined to go to the polls to make certain the incumbents were not re-elected. One guy said Hickey never returned his calls….ever. What they said about Bookmeyer cannot be printed….. Janet Solberg also fits this profile.

For example, why would the mayor be called “Little Hitler” more than once by residents?

While the recent comments are interesting and could serve as a mini barometer; they are not conclusive as to any final outcome. To change the political landscape in this city you need to cast a vote.

Peter Children

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