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City Council anti-hopeful campaigning to lose election, urges voters to support his opponent

City Council anti-hopeful campaigning to lose election, urges voters to support his opponent

Vote for my opponent. Please.
Paul Herold entered the primary for a City Council seat in this Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb, but then he landed a new job that he says would not leave him enough time to do a decent job for his constituents.
He missed the deadline for removing his name from the ballot, so he wrote a letter to a local paper pleading for nonsupport. He even offered to drive friends and neighbors to the polls to vote for anyone but him.
"I tried my best not to get any votes," he said.
It did not work. He came in second in the three-way race, advancing to the November ballot against incumbent Katherine Kolb.
City Clerk Jane Cross said Herold's name could not be removed from the ballot. So now he is urging people to vote for Kolb.
"Here are the only ways I can get off the ballot: A. I'd have to die; B. I'd have to move out of the district," he said.
If he were to win, he could refuse to serve. But that would force a special election that would cost the city $30,000 (euro23,550) or more, and Herold said he does not want to do that.
Herold is an information-technology worker and father of two. He recently landed a job with the insurance company St. Paul Travelers.


Updated : 2021-08-04 05:15 GMT+08:00