Sarah and Gwen: the Two-Headed Monster

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

7th District Council Race

(NOTE: I have closed this post to comments because they degenerated rapidly to name-calling, the kindest of which was 'idiot'. I find it surprising that so much rancor arose over a city council race that didn't even have a primary. I will post again on this city council race and leave the comments open, so long as they pertain to the campaigns.)

I woke up this morning to discover the Justin Dobbs campaign had posted a sign in my front lawn. Yes, we requested the sign. I can't say that Dobbs is the most experienced candidate I have ever supported. He has never held political office. However, all the city council candidates in the 7th district are in the same position. This year, Justin Dobbs and KC Crosbie will face off for the vacant 7th District Council seat (current council member Bill Cegelka is running for County Attorney).

Donnie Hall ran a write-in campaign for the seat last term. He officially filed to run for the seat this year, but was disqualified due to not having enough valid signatures on his application. Nineteen of the signers weren't registered to vote (take a note, future council applicants!), and in several cases people signed their spouse's name as well (everyone has to sign on their own). Hall did not appeal the decision.

Background on the candidates:

For those of you who don't know, (Kristin Catherine) KC Crosbie is failed mayoral candidate Scott Crosbie's wife. As far as I can tell, her entire intention in running for council is to extend his influence. In my opinion, this is not a valid reason to elect her. Crosbie is employed by Merck Pharmaceuticals. To her credit, she serves on the Crime Victims' Compensation Board. Crosbie is also a founding member of the Republican Women's group at the Lexington Country Club. The position has made her good at throwing fundraisers, but I am not sure how serving on the social committee of a country club Republican group qualifies her for city council. In fact, one of the reasons I picked Justin Dobbs in this race was my serious doubt about her ability to understand and effectively represent the ordinary working people in the 7th District. My neighborhood doesn't have a lot of country club members.

Justin Dobbs' political activities so far have involved work to preserve funding for Lextran, promoting tax deductions for college tuition, and efforts to keep the Leestown Road VA Hospital open. If education, public transportation, and healthcare for our veterans are issues more dear to you than having Scott Crosbie's infuence back on the city council, PLEASE vote for Dobbs.