The wonderful world of democracy
By Melissa August, Harriet Barovick, Val Castronovo, Tam Gray,
Desa Philadephia, Julie Rawe, Hope Reeves and Chris Taylor
November 8, 1999
Web posted at: 1:21 p.m. EST (1821 GMT)
All politics is local, and some of it is downright familial.
Although the turnout for last week's local elections was tiny in
places--11% of eligible voters in New York City cast a ballot--each
electorate made itself heard in its own special way:
Fulton County, N.Y.:
Eugene and Carol Reppenhagen ran against each other for a
council seat, while divorcing. He won. She still celebrated: she
Grand Junction, Iowa: Theodore Herrick, 19, and his dad Gerold
were elected to the five-member city council.
Pennsylvania: Two dead candidates were re-elected.
King County, Wash.: David Irons Jr. defeated his sister Di in a
council race. She launched a write-in campaign after he beat her
boss in the primaries. They live next door to each other.
Fountain Hill Borough, Pa.: Sherwood Kerschner ran for and won
two jobs: a four-year and a two-year stint on the same council.
He has to choose one.
Fairfax, Va.: Levi Levy, 67, who has run for elective office
every year since 1995, lost all five races in which he was a
candidate--a local record.
Brooklyn, Ohio: John Coyne, 82, lost his job as America's
longest-serving mayor after 52 years. He said bad weather kept
senior citizens, his base constituency, home.
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Cover Date: November 15, 1999