This was originally posted Thursday 4/16/09, and has been updated to reflect comments by Winston Edmondson
Lewisville Mayoral Candidate Brandon Bertrand announced his withdrawal from the Mayor's race Thursday.
Although his withdrawal comes too late to have his name removed from the ballot, Bertrand says he hopes his supporters will understand why he stayed in as long as he did.
In the event that neither of the remaining two candidates, Dean Ueckert or Winston Edmondson gains a majority of the total votes, there will still be a runoff election between the two highest vote-getters. If Bertrand were to be one of those, he could then withdraw from the runoff and the top vote getter would win the seat, according to City Secretary Julie Heinze. If Bertrand were to get the majority of votes in the general election, he could then refuse the position and the city would have to call a special election.
Bertrand provided the following written comment:
Running for Mayor of Lewisville has been a great experience and I look forward to staying involved in our community. I will be withdrawing from the race and will work closely with Winston [Edmondson] in an effort to accomplish some of the goals that we both agree on. Dean [Ueckert], Winston and I want what is best for Lewisville regardless of the outcome of the elections.
I have never been much for being a spectator or not leading the way. My passion for seeing change, improving Lewisville and having a positive impact on people has not changed. This passion was instilled in me at an early age and since then I have traveled to Beijing, China and Kenya, Africa working as a volunteer teaching school and working with orphans.
Giving back more than you take and working hard to improve things even if that improvement is hiding behind a mountain of challenges is a mindset that we all should adopt. Staying true to my beliefs I will be working on a nonprofit project that clothes those that are less fortunate. I hope that those wanting more from their government and its leaders will stand behind Winston.
Finally, I would like to take this time to thank all of my supporters and to also remind them that our goals and ambitions do not start and stop with an election. I will be organizing an effort that revolves around involvement, awareness, participation and causing a positive change that we can all see and feel. I hope that you will join me in this effort by emailing me at email@example.com. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you and making Lewisville better together.
According to Edmondson, he and Bertrand had not previously met before they both had filed for Mayor.
What a week this has been. Rick Perry got all worked up at a tea bagging party and threatened to secede from the Union. Pirates are making headlines. What century are we in? Need an update? Here's this week's Texas Progressive Alliance blog roundup.
When: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Cost: Free
Honor Earth Day 2009 by enjoying the day at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Activities include bison tours, guided hikes, and a bird walk. Guests can also learn how to kayak, tour the Minor-Porter Log House and visit the live Birds of Prey exhibit. Guided hikes will be given on the new Bittern Marsh Trail. Shuttle service is available from the City of Lewisville City Hall at 151 West Church Street. For more information please call 972.219.3930.
There's been a lot of chatter recently, especially on conservative talk radio, about a recent Homeland Security report on "right wing extremists". These are the radicals like Timothy McVeigh who might commit acts of domestic terrorism out of some misguided idea that killing people will make everyone suddenly adopt their right wing agenda.
Most of the talk completely misses the point that this document is a tool for law enforcement to basically identify and understand potential sources of violence.
The report is NOT about conservatives or conservatism, but rather talks about "right wing extremism". In fact the words "conservative" and "Republican" do not appear anywhere.
Here is how the report itself defines rightwing extremism:
Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, orrejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
Now, can you take a deep breath and relax? If you're not building bombs in your garage, or stockpiling ammunition to fend off the "black helicopters", and you believe that the ballot is mightier than the bullet, you have NOTHING to worry about.
North Korea cannot be allowed to process any more plutonium, given that they have been experimenting with long-range missiles. This doesn't mean that you pre-emptively nuke them, but they can't be allowed to reprocess spent fuel.
Conventional weapons could be used to disable the facility, but that could harm our relationship with China, and possibly spread small amounts of nuclear waste over the area.
I really would not want to be Barack Obama right now. "Welcome to the White House, sir. Here's a fire hose, now drink!"
Here at WhosPlayin, nothing chaps our asses like censorship. In yet another case of a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) Goldman Sachs has tried to muzzle a blogger who has started a website at www.goldmansachs666.com to expose Goldman Sachs' misconduct.
Although I can't vouch for the information being given out there, I can say that it's vitally important that bloggers not be shut down with lawsuits by every corporation that is anxious to keep their misconduct secret. Sunlight is a great disinfectant.