Due to a Florida law prohibiting run-offs in certain kinds of races (Florida has lots of really solid election law, of course) today will decide any number of races, and will push others closer to endgame, which is happening on November 2nd. By the end of today, we will know who is going to be the next County Commissioner from the 1st district, the abominable Mike Whitehead, the gentlemanly (but tainted) Mr. Wilson Robertson, or one of the newcomers, Dorothy Davis or my guy J.E. Jones. Yesterday, WEAR-TV channel 3 did a little interview with all four candidates, and we spent the day organizing our last minute stuff. Last night at midnight, I met one of our campaign volunteers, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, in the parking lot of the Beulah Free Will Baptist Church, and we drove all over the district, putting signs for Jones out in front of the polling places. I skewered my foot on one of the posts, and my sock is getting red from me walking around on it today. Jonathan and I were tailed by a grey van with a disabled sticker in the window for two of our stops, and we ran into the guys for Gary Willis, a Dem running against our incumbent, Ronnie McNesby, like, five times. Just when you think you're a freak for being out at midnight in the middle of a churchyard with a shovel and a stick, feeling like you're putting a political stake in the vampiric system of universal primaries - you see them, other freaks, and you feel okay about it again.
Also to be decided today are the futures of Richard Pope, candidate for State Representative Dist. 2, Clinton Couch, candidate for County Judge, and Arlene Costello, candidate for superintendent of schools. I single them out because my first year's fortunes here in Escambia County have been linked to these people. Pope did a lot of work with me early on, but stopped, and Couch did likewise, seeming to take a less active role in his campaign. They're both running against fairly demonic people, but I think they're both going to lose their primaries, Pope because he got outflanked, and Couch because he got outworked and outspent. Arlene, on the other hand, has worked hard promoting herself, and with the race she's in - well, the results should be interesting.
I will post the results tomorrow, and you can see how well I know my stuff.