Campaign finances no factor in political success

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 05:54 PM.

"I know Dad is smiling up there," Hayes said after the results were announced.

City Councilman Tom Gordon, a Crestview native, said that over the last two elections, he has seen a trend of voters turning incumbents out of office.

"Two years ago, the Crestview citizens sent a clear signal of  'out with the old and in with new,' Gordon said. "Looks like Tuesday night's results were an echo of two years ago."

Voter Theresa Lambert raised another possibility.

"I want to see the locals back in charge," she said. "Most of those people on the council aren't from here. They don't know this place like we do."

Whether voters focused more on defeating incumbents or putting lifelong residents into office is questionable, but one quantifiable fact concerned Gordon: only 10.5 percent of the electorate determined the election's outcome.

"It's hard to fathom how 90 percent can possibly be satisfied with 10 percent making the decision for them," Gordon said. "If you don't vote, don't fuss."

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