Phil in the Blank
A column by Phil Custodio
Election's almost here
October 27, 2010 - Election season is down to the wire, with six days until Election Day.
One of the stranger episodes this past year: Kande Ngalamulume's brief candidacy. He kicked off his run against the formidable Mike Rogers for his seat in the U.S. Congress this past May, right in front of the Clarkston News building.
"You'll be seeing a lot of me," Ngalamulume promised.
Turns out, not so much. He dropped out a few weeks later, leaving local Democrats scrambling to find a candidate to put on the ballot.
In August, the City of the Village of Clarkston forgot it was a city and mistakenly published the "village" deadline for filing to run for city council.
Tough luck for candidates seeking to run, even though they were pushing it to the last week to register. Kudos to the three who stepped up as write-in candidates, though.
There's been lots of attention on national issues, with local Tea Party folks helping to lead a Republican counterattack against Democratic victories of 2008. Sarah Palin stopped by Independence Township, and at least two local Tea groups hosted several gatherings.
Kevin Chase's Independence Tea Party Patriots group attracts hundreds of people to its rallies. Not so many for Carl Knaus' group, but he has his own song, "Freedom," which he sings.
Information's our business, and business is good this election season. We have input from the candidates throughout this edition, as well as in previous editions. Readers have shared their voting preferences with letters to the editor, and our's are here in our editorial.
That's not all.
All five candidates for Clarkston City Council stopped by Friday morning for a debate/discussion panel for Clarkston411.com.
Studio space was limited, so the candidates are set up like contestants for The Family Feud game show. The black-and-white, sepia tone it ended up with in post production also gives it an old-timey look.
But we covered a wide range of issues in the hour-long, question-and-answer panel. Check it out!
Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.