Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Georgia on my mind
With the election results tallied in Pittsburgh's 2nd district city council primary, we find that our beloved Georgia Blotzer
failed to unseat the "interim" council person Theresa Smith.
Theresa Smith won the position during a special election just a few months ago. In that special election Smith was able to run as the Democrat while Georgia had to label herself Independent. Believing this to be handicap, Mt. Washington residents eagerly awaited the rematch where both candidates would have the label of Democrat.
Alas, Georgia won a respectable 33% of the vote, in the three-way race. Smith won with a solid majority however over the unknown newcomer Robert Frank, whose name sounds like it was made up by witness relocation professionals.
Georgia made a solid run, though I missed her constant presence outside the polls. It makes sense that she was probably stationed outside of other polling places where she is less well known, but her smile and spastic energy were absent in Olympia Park this day. It hardly felt like a real vote without Georgia standing out front. I hope she takes another go at public office in the future.
In other election news, Luke "Steelerstahl" Ravenstahl won handily with 59% of the votes. Dowd placed second with 28% and underdog Carmen Robinson pulled in 13% of the vote. By all accounts turnout was pretty low. And the first full-term election of Luke has been met with little fanfare and fair amount of consternation. His road is still not entirely clear as he will have a host of competitors in the fall including some Republican I don't know and the son of Steeler great Franco Harris, Franco "Dok" Harris. Name recognition might make this an interesting race, though Lynn Swann didn't do so well in his state-wide campaign, and he was an ACTUAL Steeler instead of the son of one.
Go Catch a FISH!