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Some are rushing to their microphone, their computer, the newspaper’s website to give you their spin but I do not have any to give. I just want to deal in facts. I have no idea what last night’s election message was about, except that the great majority of voters in Lowell, 88% or 49,012, do not give a damn about municipal elections or City government. What a shame!
What I do know by looking at the results is the following:
1. It is not about your support of the City Manager
2. It is not about your support of the Mayor
3. It is not about the influence of the Sun and what positive coverage they give you
4. It is not about been friendly with certain “neighborhood leaders”
5. It is not about how friendly you are with certain developers or not friendly
6. It is not about what position you take on fiscal responsibility
7. It is not about style of governing
8. It is not about the LHA
|R. Elliott||B. Martin||Ward/Precint||59||69||1-1|
The votes are very similar. CC B. Martin did a bit better in Belvedere (Ward I), where he lives and CC R. Elliott did a bit better where he lives Pawtuckeville, Ward 6. So if there was a policy issue or a style issue, why would the votes be so close in all the other Ward/Precint? Out of the 2,700 plus people that voted for them, only 240 did not give a vote to both of them; about 8%.
Please explain to me why this election is not about familiarity, name recognition and identifying with the candidate; why this election is about the poor turnout in some areas and the o.k. turnout in others. Even the highest turnout 27.3% for Ward 1-3, the heart of Belvedere, is pretty lousy for that section.
So if we have a disturbingly low voter turnout in November as we did last night, the results will most likely be the same. If we have a modest increase, the results will change a bit and if we have a large increase, who knows what the results will be. Really, who knows!
But if you think that in a city of 106,000 people, having 6,696 people involved in civic matters is good for our future and prosperity, than keep on spinning.
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