Spring abounds with irony: Brookings malcontent Pat Powers gripes about my candidacy for the Aberdeen City Council. (By the way, we drew ballot position this morning: I got top spot; incumbent Laure Swanson got the #2 spot.)
“Isn’t there a residency requirement?” Powers wheezes, engaging in his usual specious blog-title-question-mark strategy to create the implication that a public figure is up to something bad without having to deliver the evidence that supports that accusation. He doesn’t bother to look up the actual residency requirement for any municipal officer, SDCL 9-14-2, which says that candadates for municipal office must live in town for at least 90 days before the election.
I took up residency in Aberdeen the night of February 2. I registered to vote in Brown County on February 3. The city election is June 2.
“Cory Heidelberger trying to tell Aberdonians what to do already?” Powers moans. If Powers were paying attention, he’d know that’s not my style. As a candidate, I lay out my thoughts, but I invite my neighbors into conversation, and we work together to figure what our community needs.
Yet Powers, who is not a resident of Aberdeen, is already soliciting campaign contributions from his audience of non-Aberdeen readers to influence this Aberdeen election. You tell me who the non-resident interloper is, trying to tell us Aberdonians what to do with our town and our vote.
See you at the polls June 2!