Tim Prater and Kaleb Weis appear to be running as a team in Aberdeen’s City Council race. Check out the campaign flyer Prater has posted to his campaign Facebook page:
Absent are Weis’s annoying appeals to religion. Instead we get the standard, fuzzy lines about creating jobs and supporting small business, plus some Republican-y pap about wanting to “strive for fewer regulations” and “keep your taxes low.”
The distinguishing mark of this flyer is the team approach. Voters get to choose between Weis and incumbent councilman Clint Rux for the five-year term in the southeast district, while Prater is challenging incumbent appointee Dennis “Mike” Olson for the three-year term in the southeast district. Teaming up saves money and campaign time. It also builds a brand, inclining folks who know one of the candidates to cast their votes for the candidate’s teammate. Councilmen Rux and Olson might want to consider a similar joint campaign to challenge this team approach.
Key words to which we should hold these candidates: Prater says his priorities include “welcoming other’s [sic—lose that apostrophe, Tim!] to move and or retire in Aberdeen…,” while Weis speaks of listening to “residents from every walk of life” and working for “everyone.” It seems fair to take those words as signals that Prater and Weis recognize the importance of welcoming and working for immigrants in Aberdeen, as a matter of human decency and economic development.