After each answer at Monday night's UPCCA candidate forum, the time keeper would have them wrap it up…with the loudest and most impatient cowbell I’ve ever head. It kept the discussion moving, provided a bit of comic relief, and kept the candidates humble.
Here’s who “won” and “needs more cowbell.” (You can take that to mean “please stop talking” or Walken style encouragement.)
Board of Education
Winner: Jen Falk (http://votejenfalk.com)
- Squarely focused on the budget, spending priorities, and quality of education issues.
- Wide background in advocacy for students, parents, and managing fiscal priorities.
Needs More Cowbell: Mary Kay Murphy (http://marykayworks.com)
- Not engaged in much outreach on her positions.
- Took ownership of the decision to fund Chamber of Commerce positions with education dollars
- Highlighted the need for funding from state and federal levels
House District 95
Winner: Tom Rice (http://tomrice.qualitycampus4.com)
- Answered most questions genuinely.
- Lack of ownership for some of his less popular votes is a turnoff.
Needs More Cowbell: Brooke Siskin (http://www.voteforbrooke.com/)
- Seemed a bit green for this level of leadership.
- Great Platform and call to action.
GA-7 Congressional District
Winner: Rob Woodall (http://robwoodall.com/)
- Message of temperance, collaboration, and willingness to work resonated with the crowd.
- Promised more FairTax progress
Needs More Cowbell: Steve Reilly (http://www.stevereillyforcongress.com/)
- Needs to focus more on social issues
- Mentioned but did not push the NoLabels platform. (Needs to Push it)
Events like this present a group of people who are seeking just that; which is to say those elected or re-elected must heed these themes as tools in order to stay relevant, demonstrate accountability, and include their constituents.