Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Congratulations, Mayor Ballard
I haven't been as excited about the outcome of an election since the night Ronald Reagan swept President Jimmy Carter and the Democrats out of office in 1980. With 99% of the votes counted, Greg Ballard has defeated Mayor Bart Peterson by more than 6,000 votes with a 51%-47% margin. When Ballard took the podium tonight at the Murat Theater to accept victory after Peterson conceded, he declared his win a victory for the folks in the grassroots movement who came together over the past six months against the city's powerful elite in a common goal of taking back their government. He will have a Republican-controlled council to work with him in restoring the public's trust in their government. I'm a big believer in fate. I believe there's a plan for Greg Ballard. He is the right man at the right time given to us to correct the mistakes of the past and put us back on the right path. Ballard is thankful to all of those of you who believed in him when the establishment kept telling you he wasn't qualified for the job and didn't have a chance of winning. This truly is an election won by the people. Let the job of restoring our city begin.