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My Own Experience at the Ballot Box

Lost in the all the post-election posts I wrote, and my efforts to get back to writing (as opposed to checking various polling web sites with disturbingly obsessive regularity) was a bit of personal election night news.  The same day Barack Obama was elected President, I had my name on an election ballot for the first time.  I am now a member of my town's community council.  I'm an elected official.  My two-year term doesn't begin until January, and even when it does my responsibilities won't amount to much.  But still, I do feel some sense of impending responsibility.

I've posted before about the many hats I wear in my life:  Author, father, husband, friend, coop-guy, photographer, swim-Dad, soccer-Dad, etc.  More recently I've added to the list.  I'm now the 8th grade parents' council representative to my older daughter's school.  And, as of November 4th, I'm a member of the Sewanee Community Council.  I have no doubt that I'll learn a lot about the inner workings of my town -- probably more than I want to know.  But it should be interesting.  And who knows where it will lead?  If Chris Matthews can run for the U.S. Senate, what's to stop me from seeing higher office?  Maybe some day I'll be on the Board of Education!


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Nov. 28th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, by Palin standards, you're almost qualified to be vice-president! :-)
Nov. 28th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
True! I hadn't really, ya know, thought about it in those terms there, but ya sure are right about it, now that I give some thought to that. You betchya!
Nov. 29th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
that is really cool, congratulations, David!
Nov. 29th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mark. I was one of three people running to fill three seats, so I was, for all intents and purposes, running unopposed (and no, I don't know how many votes I received relative to my fellow council members). But it should be an interesting experience.
Nov. 29th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Hell, I'd vote for you in a heartbeat. And good on yer. How you manage to write and be a father and maintain all that business, it just boggles my mind. If you'd care to rent out some energy some time....
Nov. 29th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the support! But I have no energy to spare. They say it gets easier as the kids get older, but I've yet to notice....
Nov. 29th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)

A good friend of mine has worked with someone who has been pegged to perhaps get a Cabinet seat in the new Administration. She's so excited about this.

Edited at 2008-11-29 02:04 pm (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jagi. That's very cool. I'd be thrilled, too.

Edited at 2008-11-29 05:03 pm (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
well,. yeah, you were unopposed, but you have to spin it like all other politicians
So basically you won in a landslide....? :D

Oh, and can you fix a parking ticket for me now that you're a politician with connections? And will you accept donations to your campaign so you can push through my personal agenda?
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: well,. yeah, you were unopposed, but you have to spin it like all other politicians
Absolutely! Show me the money!
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Nov. 29th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lee. In the interests of maintaining good relations with my fellow board members I think I'll refrain from commenting further....
Nov. 29th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
All those politicos have to start somewhere. Sarah started as mayor and now she's the toast of the far right. So who knows where this lead? At the very least it will send you to the bottle of Advil in your medicine cabinet.

- J
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Either that or the bottle of single malt in the breakfront....
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Nov. 29th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alis. I have a feeling that some of the stuff I've put in my books will keep me from going too far politically. That and the fact that I'm an earringed, New York Jew living in Tennessee....
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Nov. 29th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, it would. But my wife the Biology Professor would kill me.
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Nov. 29th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well I may be a wimp, but . . . but . . .

Actually, I have nowhere to go from there. I am, in fact, a wimp. One of the reasons I carried the wimp demographic by a near three-to-one margin....
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