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Sauntering for Office November 3, 2008

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

A couple of months ago I posted in a rather offhanded way that upon my return from vacation, I was asked to add my name to a slate of Democrats running for justice of the peace. Within the ensuing comments, I noted that I was way too busy, that I would never get elected, that I was way too introverted. During the allotted consideration period, I barely had time to do anything but work. I thought that not having time to think about whether to do it was surely a sign to not do it.

Then I talked to the woman who had floated my name. She is a very persuasive person.

“I’ll never win,” I countered. “My last name isn’t _____ or _____. No one knows who I am.”

“Your last name begins with A,” she grinned.

It’s scary that we live in a country where that could actually be a factor.

So I said yes. Throw my name on the slate. I am willing to serve the community in this way if they want me to. I’ve barely thought about it since. Note that I am not running so much as sauntering.

The job entails working elections; being a member of the board of civil authority, which, besides running the elections, could be called upon in property-tax disputes; and having the power to perform marriages and civil unions. The elections part has always kind of interested me. I’m all for marriages/civil unions, but I’m a bit too shy to stand up in front of a crowd. Still, the power… (mwahahaha!)

There are thirteen candidates for seven positions. If I win, it should be interesting. If I lose, I may well feel more relief than disappointment. Especially now that it turns out that I can work the polls in some capacity without being a JP, because I am in fact doing so on Tuesday.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll ride in on Obama’s coattails.

But if it has to be either him or me, dear god, let it be him.


1. Helen - November 3, 2008

Well yes, but it would be exciting if you won too. Let us know on Wednesday. If you do win, will you be The Right Honorable Indigo Bunting?

2. Adam Byrn Tritt - November 3, 2008

I’ll vote for you. Living in Florida, with how well our elections are run, I’m sure I can somehow manage to cast a vote for you.

At least my vote will count SOMEWHERE.

3. Bridgett - November 3, 2008

Adam–in St. Louis City here, I’m with ya. IB, best of luck. I think it’s wonderful that you’re doing this. But I’ll second your last sentiment. Oy.

4. Deloney - November 3, 2008

Indigo for Queen!

5. She She - November 3, 2008

I’d vote for you, early and often, as they say.

6. Cedar Waxwing - November 3, 2008

And I’ll be able to say, I knew her when…

Good luck. Let us know!

7. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - November 3, 2008

You’ll be able to perform marriages! How cool is that!

And I second Deloney’s motion.

8. indigo bunting - November 3, 2008

Helen: I sure hope I’ll be the Right Honorable Indigo Bunting. Today I seem to be the Right Cranky Indigo Bunting. Time for a change!

Everyone: Thank you for the sentiments (and Adam, we knew Florida would come through somehow!). Of course, now I’m wondering if Queen might not be more fun . . .

9. damyantig - November 4, 2008

Wow, I’ll have a Right Honorable friend! Ah well, blog-friend. Win, win, win!

10. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - November 4, 2008

How soon after the polls close do you learn the results?

11. indigobunting - November 4, 2008

I actually don’t know the answer to that. I think maybe they call, and I won’t even be home, so I might just try to remember to check messages….

12. Joya - November 4, 2008

Good luck today!

13. Lynda - November 4, 2008

In response to Kristina’s inquiry last night about the duties of a JP, I answered (among other things) that “she can marry people”.

“Marry People!” she sxclaimed. “Isn’t she already married?!?!?”

Out of the mouths of Babes.

Clearly, I wasn’t being clear. But I was tired. I had just spent 2 hours at an elementary school soccer banquet after 9 hours at the office. Now who’s cranky?!?

14. bettyslocombe - November 5, 2008

Didja get in? didja? Congratulations anyway: we’re all rapt.

15. Adam Byrn Tritt - November 5, 2008

Hey, ya know your race for this office is the only race I don’t have a result for. I need closure. What were the results?

16. indigobunting - November 5, 2008

Adam: And now you have your answer!

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