The 2016 election has been interesting thus far to say the least. The Presidential race has proven to be quite the train wreck with regards to the Democrat and Republican nominees.
Sometimes, the local races can prove to be just as interesting.
One of them is the race for the Coroner’s office in Johnson County, Missouri. Terry Neal, Clark Holdren, and Nick McDaniels are all vying for the position, and tomorrow will not only be the end of the contested race, but seeing as how they are all running under the same party, the winner will be our next coroner.
Below is a video from a candidate forum that was held last week at the American Legion in Warrensburg. Skip to the 26 minute mark to see the three coroner candidates speak.
There are a couple of the things that I want to address regarding McDaniels and what he said about the other candidates.
- Terry Neal is indeed suing UCM, but this article from the digitalBurg may shed some light on the subject. The fact that he didn’t tell the full story is a red flag.
- Declaring that if he has to “buy a freezer” is a bit extreme in regards to having facilities to store the remains of the deceased in refrigeration (morgues in other words).
- Outright making accusations against the other two candidates after Holdren himself thanked the competition for running a clean campaign only serves to discredit the campaign of the accuser.
I won’t be pulling a Republican ballot, so I won’t have a choice on Coroner this year. However, even if they were on the ballot I was pulling, McDaniels would not be the one I’d be voting for.
Speaking of contested races, let’s rewind to 2012.
That year, I filed to run as a Libertarian for the US House of Representatives in Missouri’s Fourth District, thus putting me in a contested primary with Herschel Young. Young had changed parties multiple times in two years alone (Republican when he ran for Cass County Commissioner, Democrat against Teresa Hensley for US Rep, and Libertarian for US Rep).
Long story short, I managed to defeat him in the August primary. To say he was less than thrilled was an understatement.
He wrote on his fan page thanking his supporters. Shortly after, he wrote a status in all caps.
The lack of good sportsmanship should be a clue as to what I’m about to say next.
I wrote a retrospective about my encounter with him, and it can be viewed here (most modern browsers can open PDF’s for viewing… if yours can’t, consider Sumatra PDF Viewer). It’s the last article in that issue of the magazine that I used to publish.
He private messaged my candidate fan page in all caps and declared that I should step down so he can fight for the party, which was amusing considering the fact that he had only been there less than a year.
I’ve been Libertarian since 2010.
To this day, this individual has not apologized, and now he’s trying to run for Senate. Jonathan Dine is also running, so they’ll be in a contested race tomorrow. I will be voting for Dine, because though he has a record himself, it doesn’t consist of physical violence or strange behavior.
Young will not be getting my vote tomorrow morning.
Hopefully the story from the past and the story of today will help future candidates learn what not to do when campaigning for any office.
Podcast Episode Four
I discuss these things in the latest podcast, which is embedded below for your convenience.