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What’s in a name

- September 26th, 2010

It’s amazing what people will do in an attempt to set themselves apart in an election.

Some, like mayoral hopeful Bob Hawkesworth, will pick a policy position that differs from the other perceived front-runners. Hawkesworth has taken great pains to set himself apart from the other mayoral hopefuls by opposing the proposed tunnel under the new airport runway.

Others, like Jon Lord, will attempt to show how everyone is stealing ideas that he already came up with.

But two candidates have gone to interesting lengths to make sure people give them a second look, or perhaps a snicker, when it comes time to mark that X on Oct. 18.

When filing nomination papers, candidates have the option of choosing what name appears on the ballot, whether they are commonly known by a middle name, or prefer a shortened version of their given names.

But that also allows for people to inject a little character. Who wouldn’t want to vote for The Man? I mean, who’s better than The Man? Or, in a time when the city is facing a cash shortfall, how about The Butcher? Will he take a cleaver to city spending? Trim a little of the fat? Carve city budgets?

Or maybe will people just look at these ballot entries and laugh as they move on to other candidates.

Either way, kudos for Stan “The Man” Waciak and Billy “The Butcher” Tummonds for adding a little levity.