I’ve said in this space before how much I love covering elections and it is one thing newspapers do better than any other medium.
Tuesday and every day since qualifying day January 4 were no different.
Your Clarksdale Press Register brought you the news, facts and figures with stories on Page One for the past 22 weeks.
And with Scotty Meredith’s residency appeal before the Mississippi Supreme Court - well, let me just encourage you to keep reading your Clarksdale Press Register.
Clarksdale and this jaded reporter were surprised by the number of votes cast for Cassandra Wilson on Tuesday.
Chuck Espy is a professional politician and has run more races than you can shake a stick at. The local political machine was behind him.
And then this woman from out of no-where comes up and gives him a run for his money.
Yes, many of the ballots cast for Cassandra were probably Scotty-protest-votes. But a vote is a vote.
Do you remember how Donald Trump got elected? People didn’t vote for Trump they voted against Hillary Clinton.
I had a political sage tell me years ago that rainy weather plays to the challenger’s advantage.
The logic is the challenger’s supporters are motivated for change and will not let a few raindrops (or a lot of raindrops like we had Tuesday) keep them from their civic duty.
On the opposite side, the incumbent’s supporters feel he the favorite and their one vote really won’t make a difference.
The logic I take away from this is every vote counts. Please always make the effort to vote.
It’s a tough business
I texted one of my local political prophets Tuesday night and pointed out he needed to run for mayor after seeing the numbers.
He texted back that his wife would leave him if he ever ran for office again.
I replied, why didn’t he get her to run for office, since a woman had done so well Tuesday.
He came back: “If she does, I’ll leave her!”
We don’t realize the toll running for office has on spouses, children and extended family.
It’s a tough job. I’m glad some people want to throw their hat in the ring.
Is Clarksdale ready for a woman mayor?
I will be the first to say Tuesday’s vote probably had very little to do with gender and more to do with maintaining the status quo.
I asked people in August of last year, who would be the candidates we would vote for this week?
I got a lot of names of men in the community - not any women.
Should I remind you that the job pays $80,000 a year and has an expense account, nice office and you really can make a difference in Clarksdale if you want to.
What’s the old saying: “The best man for the job is a woman!”
Let’s look around, Clarksdale, we need new and effective leaders.
He got out of his car in a pouring rain and I could tell he was old as he slowly shuffled to the door of the City Auditorium. He was Black and I can only guess he once lived in a day and age when his vote wasn’t appreciated.
She was White and popped out of her vehicle with an umbrella, saw him and walked right over to cover him with her umbrella as they slowly made their way to vote, together.
The photo is on Page One.
In this day and age of vicious party politics, racism on both sides and social problems for all, I’m glad there are still people in this town who care about their neighbor, look past race and station in life and live and vote together.
Floyd Ingram is Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register. He knows your elected officials by name. Call him at 662-627-2201 if you want to talk politics.