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The papers are in. The field is set. And we’re now on countdown to the current City Council arguing we be allowed to eliminate the preliminary election…
Unfortunately, into every election, a little rain must fall. In this case, a first-time candidate with great promise has a very similar name to a former perennial candidate who keeps getting in trouble with the law. The first time candidate is Derek Mitchell, and the other is surprise entrant Darius Mitchell, who according to Dick Howe’s election page, ran in 2003, 2005, and 2007. I can’t find 2003 results, but in 2005, he came in 18th of 18 candidates with 1461 votes, and in 2007 came in 21st of 21, with only 624 votes (according to the city website). I can’t even imagine what possessed Darius to run again, after his pathetic last place finishes, and recent publicity in the local paper for violation of a restraining order. This is after previous arrests for domestic assault and battery and assault and battery on a police officer, among others.
So, I’ve made you this handy guide for distinguishing these two very different men.
Hope this helps. Print it out if you need it at the ballot box.
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