Happy the experienced guy won and the Mark Ridley Thomas machine did not prevail. But, what did we eat? They served some good Caribbean food. Good we ate before we walked in the room because it was Louisiana hot in there.
Think they didn’t have the campaign funds for A/C. But, good vibes mixed with the heat as the results came in he was ahead from the start– barely, but never lost the lead.
Of course hardly anyone voted so in the end though he won by about 6%, that was only 1,800 votes. In a city our size that’s tiny. But, hey, a special election in summer? To be expected.
The event we had for him a couple of weeks before went well. I was sweating with A/C trying to get bodies there. Summer vacations, apathy and resistance to a nuanced political strategy made it hard to get people to commit. But, in the end I got the numbers I wanted.
It was a fun party and it was good mix of people. Folks were charmed and impressed by Dr. Mckenna when he spoke and everyone loved Mark’s grilled cheese.
I was really touched by a few old friends who came or volunteered and loved seeing new faces. I think it’s great for our kids to see us involved in our community. But I won’t kid you, I’m glad it’s over. Oh wait… this was just the special election! Next year it happens again. Honey, warm up the grill!