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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Reader "Thursday" on Boone Town Elections

Local political observer "Thursday" comments on the candidates......

"I’m sure you know the Boone Town Council races are nonpartisan. In light of this fact, I find myself less concerned with Party affiliation, and instead focused on defeating the local liberal establishment.

In my opinion:

Andy Ball wins the Mayoral race – a disgusting thought but a likely reality.

John Mena’s 2009 “campaign” for Mayor consisted of him “throwing his name into the hat,” and letting the chips fall where they may – not a winning strategy.

Should Mena decide to really campaign this go around, he may have an outside chance. But Brad Harmon entering the race cut Mena’s slim chances in half.

As far as I can tell, Harmon is just pissed off at the Boone Central Planners (I'm sure for good reason.) Of course the same could be said for most every business/property owner in the town. But I do not consider Harmon a serious candidate at this time - I hope he proves me wrong.

I am excited about the “Republican” or “anti-liberal establishment” candidates!

Matt Long, James Milner and Mark Templeton are all:

Relatively Young
Pro Business
Pro Appalachian

They each work in real estate and/or development.

And, best of all…

None have ties to Pam or JW Williamson.

Given the absolute ineptitude of the Boone Central Planners, these three Town Council candidates have a fighting chance.

But they are going to have to work their butts off, and they are going to need serious support from the local Republican Party.

If I were in a position to advise, I would tell these men to focus on campus – this is the Liberal’s ENTIRE campaign strategy year in and year out.

The Liberals will spend 90-95% of their time and money on campus. (See NC State Board of Election’s website for Watauga Democrat’s 2010 and 2012 campaign finance reports.)

Plain and simple, Long, Milner, and Templeton must court the student vote if they want to win. These candidates must be willing to fight in the Liberal's backyard. Doing otherwise costs them the election.

But winning on campus should be an easier task then in years past, given the Boone Central Planner's anti-ASU, anti-student, anti-development actions.

In summation, we have three great Town Council candidates, but they must work hard to win.

In closing, two predictions:

(1) The Liberals will make a big deal about Phil Templeton’s son running for office.

(2) Conservative purists will criticize the “Republican” candidates, though most of these keyboard-cowards live outside of Boone and thus cannot vote for or against these men. "


guy faulkes said...

Conservative purists will only criticize the Republican candidates if they do something that makes them worthy of criticism.

You had a very effective post going until you made the key board coward comment. What makes a conservative purist any more of a coward than you, Thursday? Disagreeing with your opinion?

Do you think Templeton would upset the liberals more than Harmon. He might because of family connections, but if so, they do not yet know Harmon.

Anonymous said...

Thursday is clearly a democrat that is on here to try and stir things up.

guy faulkes said...

Anonymous, Thursday was asked for his opinion and he gave it.

As to his being a Democrat, I do not think he is a real one. He probably fits in the group that is a party first voter, even if the candidate is liberal.

I used to do this myself, but I finally learned better.