Primo had decided not to run for the county government. We knew that. I was not super thrilled because I thought that was the whole reason he was taking the sabbatical - to give elected office another shot.
But he decided not to run.
And then we discovered that someone on our city council, who would be very good, was running. And another guy whom I don't know.
And the son of the guy who currently holds the seat. I can't remember what I have called this guy in the blog - but he is the one who held the state house seat that Primo ran for. He left the state house after redistricting because he didn't think he could be re-elected. He ran for county government instead. Won that seat. Then when the pay was cut for county government, this guy ran for treasurer, a position for which he is completely unqualified unless you don't care if your treasurer actually has a background in finance and accounting, which apparently, the voters in county do not.
Honestly. People really do get the government they deserve. Or the majority does. I did not vote for this guy. I do not deserve incompetence. I do not deserve this at all.
So this guy wins the treasurer seat, which means his seat on the county government is available. Primo was maybe going to run, but he didn't.
But this guy's son did.
The son is 22 years old.
He lives with his mom and dad.
He thinks he can represent people who
1. have jobs
2. pay taxes
OK. I just checked his campaign page. He does have a job now. And he has been an intern. He says he will bring that valuable experience with him to the government if he is elected.
But. He is 22 years old. He lives at home. He does not pay property taxes. He does not shop for groceries. He does not pay the light bill. He does not deal with adult concerns.
Yet he was one of the two candidates to make it through the primary. Not the guy who has six years on our city council and a very strong record. But the other novice and the kid.
Because stupid voters - yes, I said "stupid" - are voting for him because they recognize the name and either do not know or do not care that he is not his father. (Not that his father was any good, either. Twenty years at the state house and he accomplished pretty much nothing.)
We will get the government we deserve.