Corridor Chronicle Opinion
Losers hate to have election results analyzed and “rehashed” because, in the end, they still end up as losers.
Yet this newspaper has felt a commitment, from the opening day of our existence, to provide information to our readers that might serve some benefit in the future. Recently, our editor gave an overview of the defeat of Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood as a candidate for House of Delegates. When he began the analysis, Livingood was a loser. She still was when he finished.
Likewise, do-less Prosecutor Teresa Maynard was beaten by a landslide in the just-past Primary. In neither the Livingood nor Maynard case do we take great pride in saying, “the voters cast ballots intelligently and defeated the two who should have lost.” But we do think the people of Mingo deserve to learn from every election and every public process.
We are, therefore, adding, just for the record, which Mingo precincts contained voters who obviously have no concern that Maynard has allowed a young man to lay in a permanent coma for a year without pursuing a felony indictment of the perpetrator(s).
Nobody can say this newspaper did not publicize Maynard’s action sufficiently in the Dawson Isom case. There is no reason to think voters did not know that Maynard failed in the Isom case and in many others.
Yet, on election day May 10, the voters in Naugatuck Precinct 41 voted for Maynard, 99-61, over challenger Duke Jewell. Dingess Precinct 46.1 voted for Maynard, 106-73.
The two Lenore precincts voted for Maynard by a combined 272-199. The Edgarton precinct went for the incumbent, 68-40. Justice Precinct 72 went for Maynard by 62-38. Wharncliff voted Maynard by just one, 81-80.
The Baisden precincts, 74.1 and 74.2 supported do-nothing by a combined, 156-105. Two of the three Gilbert precincts went for Maynard. In Precinct 75, it was 121-94 and in Precinct 76-2, the tally went 57-53. Overall, with Jewell carrying Precinct 76.1 by just one vote, Gilbert voted for Maynard, 242-212.
These precincts, in our opinion, have earned the “Wall of Shame” award. While we recognize that many good people in those precincts took the facts into consideration and voted for Jewell, a majority favored a Prosecutor who failed to prosecute a murderer and refused to even consider local individuals who the federal government say violated state laws.
Let’s hope they do better in the future.