1) I’m struck by just how non-ideological our local elections are. Across the nation, voters rejected rigid conservative agenda initiatives – repealing a law limiting union rights in Ohio, rejecting a crack-down in voting rights in Maine, and rejecting an anti-abortion measure in Mississippi. Randy and others running on the Republican line won without any party ideological divisiveness as issues, thank goodness. (And congratulations to the winners.)
2) Despite the keen interest in this election on-line, less people voted in the Mayoral race than the last time. The get out the vote efforts were not very effective.
3) I’m only guessing about why people voted the way they did, but my sense is that Randy – and those other candidates riding coattails – just connected more with the people of Beacon and their immediate needs. The people didn’t buy the argument that Gold was for smart growth and Randy wasn’t because it was untrue to start with. And when Gold emphasized progress citing projects like the Round House, the old High School, and the theater, most people just didn’t understand how those projects applied to them.
4) It’s a good town, and still a small town.