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Moving Day - The Life and Thoughts of Zach
Feb. 3rd, 2005
07:55 pm -
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February 6th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Interestingly something like this has apparently happened at the Champaign County Board. Before the recent election the 27 person board was dominated by Democrats 15-12. Greens ran against three of the Democrats which, if we'd all won, would have made the board 12-12-3 and a coalition would have to be formed to create a majority. Of course, none of us won. The Democrats lost one seat elsewhere to make the board 15-13. But in the end, after the Democratic party hemmed and hawed about how dangerous that kind of loss of majority would be...3 Democrats (including my opponent) broke ranks with their party and allied with the Republicans in order to prevent the Chairperson apparent from getting elected.
So now our County Board is essentially a 3 party system even though it only has Democrats and Republicans because of these three rogue Democrats who vote as a bloc.