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color me surprised

September 11, 2008 - Jennifer Brookens
The results from the Tuesday primaries weren't too surprising, although I was worried about the school referendum. From my previous blog, and those of my co-workers, I would also like to state that I am very thankful that enough people voted yes this time around.

What did surprise me was the filings at the end of the day. At 5 p.m., filings to run for local city councils and school boards ended. And an all-too familiar name appeared as a candidate for the Fairmont school board. And I'm not just talking about the incumbents.

Yes, my husband has decided it is finally time for him to get his feet wet in the political world. He had just briefly mentioned it Tuesday afternoon, as there were still some positions no one had filed for yet. But after a few last minute filings, it looks like the race is on.

Some people may think this is a conflict of interest, but since the Fairmont School Board isn't on my beat, I feel relatively safe in that department. I've always tried to remain neutral on the professional front and keep my opinions to myself. I do not plan on making this blog a mouthpiece for any candidate, party, etc. There's enough people out there who know me personally and know my views, and I'm happy to leave it at that.

While I'm excited to have a new take on the whole political process, it also makes me nervous. Would we be looked at with a more critical eye if he becomes a school board member? Will people start to whisper if my daughter shows up with uncombed hair and my son a dirty face (both occur more often than not, I'm ashamed to say.) Granted, a small-town school board doesn't put us as firmly under the microscope as those running for a national or state office, but it's still a little intimidating.

But then I remember what we do for a living: we're already out there for the public to see and hear, and have been for nearly 11 years in Fairmont. You've probably seen and heard it all already.

But if you got any political beef, take it up with the politician of the family. I'm usually too busy dealing with the kids.

 
 

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