Originally Published: April 30, 2009 10:54 p.m.
A run-off election in is going on in Dewey-Humboldt for two seats on the Town Council. If it weren't for the roadside signs, it would be hard to tell.
The March 10 primary election filled only one of the three open seats for the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council. The remaining candidates didn't get a majority vote, so now we are in the midst of a run-off election.
You'd think in an election so close, the two candidates challenging the two incumbents would be getting the word out on what they stand for, why they deserve a seat on the council. But the two challengers, Walt Statler and Mike Generalli, were no-shows for the single Meet the Candidates forum that took place during the primary. So it's no surprise. They have been absent from Town Council meetings. Even at the open invitation from Mayor Goodwin for all candidates to attend council meetings so the public can see who they are and where they stand on the issues, Statler and Generalli have been absent at every opportunity.
Statler and Generalli
want to change the di-
rection of the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council - one assumes that's why they are running. So why don't they come out in public and take a stand - tell everyone what changes they want?
The incumbent candidates, Nancy Wright and Denise Rogers, attend every town council meeting. Their discussion and vote on every issue is a matter of public record. But week after week, month after month, Statler and Generalli have decided to take a pass on attending these same town council meetings. They've apparently decided it's safer to get elected by not making public statements or take questions in a public forum.
Sounds a bit one-sided to me. What kind of election is that?
David D Nystrom