Watchdog has endorsed city council candidates four times; 2011, 2015, 2019 and now 2023. Most have won their election, most have been good selections, and some not so good. I’m convinced that endorsing a candidate does not ensure a victory, but not endorsing a candidate can have a negative effect on that candidate getting elected.
In an at-large campaign, it’s like a stampede where the top four vote-getters get elected. It makes no difference if the candidate gets the most votes or the fourth most votes, the end result is the same. What do they call the candidate with the fourth most votes? They call him or her ‘council member’.
The only difference in campaign materials is some candidates send more than others, and some send no materials or very few. Most mailers frame the candidates as the best thing since sliced bread. Most have pictures of their families; it makes it more difficult not to vote for them.
The best campaign slogan I ever saw was Indiana governor Mitch Daniel’s yard sign in 2004, ” My Man Mitch”. How simple is that! He won the election. It was the first time an incumbent governor lost an election in Indiana since 1892. I’m not saying ‘My Man Mitch’ is what did it, however here it is and I still remember the tag line.
Choosing candidates to endorse this time has been more difficult than in past elections; more vitriol and animosity. So rather than making my endorsement sound like just like another campaign flyer, I’m going to keep it simple (Occam’s Razor); here we go:
Patrick Kelly – with a name like that he could easily be elected Mayor of Chicago.
Allison Longenbaugh – she got edged out in the last election. You’ve got to like her perseverance, and she is the candidate with the best hair style.
Nate Wilson – finally somebody with common sense and a sense of humor.
Nag Jaiswal – only person ever elected to the city council with the first name of ‘Nag’.
To the best of our knowledge, none of the above have warrants out for their arrest.