After the August primaries and runoff’s 3 weeks later, things have gotten quiet, politically speaking, lately. But we still have a big election coming up on Tuesday, November 8th, involving state and local candidates. Election day will be 3 weeks from this upcoming Tuesday. This is usually when things start heating up.
Following politics and elections as I have in recent years, I was recently asked, on numerous occasions, about my thoughts on the chances of Roger Larsen defeating longtime incumbent Leroy Brooks for the District 5 supervisor position. My answer, which is only an informed opinion, is that if Roger Larsen can’t beat Brooks, no one can! Brooks is coming up on 28 years in the seat. He’s seen all the other supervisor’s come and go while serving there.
But Roger Larsen is a new challenge for the incumbent. Unlike previous opposition, Larsen truly knows the ins and outs of local politics. Not just politics, but the policy of which the board of supervisors govern from. Regardless of what you think of Roger, he knows his stuff. And, he knows Leroy Brooks! Roger has followed the supe meetings very closely over the past two decades. He can willingly rattle off facts and figures that most of us have long forgot about.
Can Roger Larsen finally end the long political run of Leroy Brooks? Again…if the walking human political-encyclopedia can’t do it…it can’t be done!
Brooks Knocking on Doors for Mike Smith!
Speaking of Leroy Brooks, he has been seen campaigning for District 3 Supervisor independent candidate Mike Smith, lately. Smith, who served on the board for one term from 03′ thru 07′ before being beaten by current incumbent John Holliman, was an ally of Brooks during his term. Brooks often relied on Smith and former ousted District 4 Supervisor Jim Terry, to create a 3-some voting block during their one term. Terry eventually was convicted of Fuelman credit card abuse.
In addition to Smith, Brooks is said to be also endorsing independent Circuit Clerk candidate Haley Salazar (the incumbent) as well as sheriff candidate, Democrat Anthony Nelson.
On a related note, the Voters League will host a political forum at Columbus Municipal Complex Thursday evening. The League is expected to make political endorsements of local candidates of their choosing. Here’s a prediction: Don’t look for any Republican candidates to be endorsed. If they do, it’ll likely be a candidate with no opponent.
Commercial Dispatch ‘Thorns’ The Caledonia Board of Aldermen
The Sunday edition of The Commercial Dispatch included a ‘thorn’ directed toward The Caledonia Board of Alderman. The editorial piece stated that Caledonia Mayor George Gerhart was greeted with “stony silence when he asked for volunteers to help him plan for this year’s Christmas parade”. The piece went on to say that the mayor had vetoed raises for the town employee’s, hinting the “stony silence” was a payback.
I spoke with Caledonia Alderman Brenda Willis at the Republican Women’s meeting, Tuesday. Always smiling, Brenda wasn’t happy about the editorial and simply said there was more to the story.
I had heard that it was Dispatch reporter Carmen Sisson who covered the Caledonia Board of Alderman meeting. Sisson seems like a nice lady…and i’m sure she is. My problem with some in the media is that often, they have no idea of the long history behind the politics of the local area. And though I, myself, have not covered Caledonia Aldermen meetings, Brian Jones and Roger Larsen have. They know the history. They know the bad blood that has long been a part of Mayor George Gerhart and some of those Aldermen on the board. Before forming an opinion on something, one needs to know the facts behind it. Regardless, I’ll join the Dispatch in hoping the mayor and aldermen put their differences aside for the upcoming Caledonia Days.
Speaking of Caledonia Days, the popular event is now a two-day festival. The 8th annual event is scheduled for this coming weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th. It kicks off Friday night at Ola J. Pickett Park with a performance from the Class of 65 starting at 8 p.m. Then , Saturday will bring an 8 a.m. 5K Run. That will be followed by a Pet Parade at 9 a.m. An antique Car/Tractor Show is on tap. As is a Lawn Mower Race and an Apple Cooking Contest.
You don’t want to miss this one. For more information on Caledonia Days, visit their website at www.caledoniaday.com
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com0