This Just In

By: - August 22, 2007 4:36 pm

 In an unsurprising turn of events, former Carrboro mayor Mike Nelson has announced that he will run for the state senate seat Ellie Kinnaird is leaving.  I got really excited for a split second when I saw this N&O header:

Orange Commissioner Mike Nelson to seek Senate seat

Then I found out he's going for the state senate.  Wouldn't it be fabulous if he ran against Dole?  Now that would be interesting.  I wish he would go for her seat because she's really just an awful representative of our state.  Plus it would be fun to see her running against a gay man.  Just because it would.  It'd be even more fun to see Tupperware (you know, 'cause she's all plastic) Lid run against Angela Davis, but I'm guessing she's not interested either.  What?  Her dad taught at St. Aug's and no one else wants the job.  Seriously, why is everyone afraid of Dole?  I know the unnatural visage could throw a person off in a debate situation, but if you didn't look straight at her, you'd probably get through it.

Anyhow, back on Planet Earth, Nelson had this to say about throwing his hat in the ring,

The state legislature is the battleground for many of the issues I care about: the environment, quality schools, equal treatment under the law for lesbians and gay men, and health care reform.  Legislative seats don't open up very often, I decided, and if I sincerely wish to impact those and other issues then there was no choice but to get in the race."

Aside from the use of impact as a verb, I like it.  (Funny story, Chris Fitzsimon insists I used 'partner' as verb [not in a rude way] the first time we met.  We all know that cannot be true.  Don't we?)  I fear frustration ahead for Nelson as he works on the equal treatment for gays and lesbians in a legislature that can't even agree that LGBT people shouldn't be bullied at school, but he'll have to handle that as it happens.

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