Tim Prater and Kaleb Weis, the two newcomers tag-teaming in Aberdeen’s southeast district race, may have a little trouble finding city council meetings:
Their new postcard shows a fuzzy image of the Brown County Courthouse. Now I agree that the Brown County Courthouse is one of the most photogenic buildings in Aberdeen. But (a) it doesn’t make sense to take a building that impressive and blur it out, and (b) Prater and Weis are running for City Council, which meets in City Hall, a block south of the courthouse.
Perhaps the card is meant to represent the view one gets from City Hall, looking north to our grand courthouse (and blotting out the blocky, characterless annexes that have accreted like barnacles around the classic architecture). But even if we reach for that graphic assumption, we must conclude that our candidates have weak vision and aren’t paying attention to what they’re being elected to attend.
I don’t mind aspirations to higher office; I just have a thing for integrity in graphic messaging.