InShaw's Post Election Commentary: Ward 5Over in Ward 5 things just weren't as exciting as Ward 2. But that's fine, as elections bring a certain level of nastiness and ill feeling towards one's fellow human being. Not to say it was all flowers and sunshine over here. Nope. The Eckington listserv got difficult to read with the Cleopatra Jones vs Kris Hammond fight.
There has been an upset a flurry of new people. Going in order, Anita Bonds replaces 5C01's Jim Berry, who didn't run this year so Anita went unopposed but I am curious of what the 35 write-ins were for. The contentious fight with accusations and possible sign defacement in 5C02 was won by newbie Kris Hammond. Hammond beat incumbent Cleopatra Jones* 197 votes to her 154. In 5C03 entrepreneur and owner of the hopefully soon to open (please for the love of G'd open) Big Bear Cafe , Stu Davenport won over Andrew C. Pollard 53.63% to Pollard's 23.52%. There was a write in campaign, and the name of the write-inee escapes me, but Write-In got 22.86%. I'm a little fuzzy on any particulars of the 5C04 race with John T. Salatti beating incumbent Robert "Bob" Brannum, 357 votes to Brannum's 144. If I remember correctly, wasn't Brannum the guy who threw a wrench at the EC-12 project? Mary Farmer-Allen kept her 5C07. Yes, I skipped over 5C06 with 100% of the vote, all 37 of 'em, going to write ins. Anyway, there were 3 names on the ballot for 5C06 and Farmer-Allen got 48% of the vote over Michael Henderson's 36%. A third person, stepped down from the race (I think) but her name still appeared and she got 61 or 15% of the vote. In the rest of 5C Barrie Daneker (5C07), Marshall R. Phillips, Sr (5C08) and Silas H. Grant, Jr. (5C09) ran unopposed.
*As far as I know, not related to 70s fictional crime fighter Cleopatra Jones.
**Small change, url for Big Bear was wrong, it has been changed.