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A historic clean sweep for ‘King Dan’

By From page A2 | June 07, 2012

ONE FOR THE BOOKS … no, in answer to your question, no candidate in city of Davis history has ever swept every precinct in town, going back to the first city election nearly 200 years ago when Father Junipero Serra edged out a four-man field that included John Sutter, Jerome C. Davis and General Six Flags Vallejo to become the town’s first mayor … it may be time to stop calling young Mr. Wolk “Dandy Dan” and rename him “King Dan” instead …

MATH WHIZ … every year the county elections office reports both raw vote totals and percentages for each candidate … for instance, Dan Wolk lapped the field with a whopping 8,708 votes or 29.1 percent … it’s that 29.1 percent figure I take issue with … to the casual observer, it appears Dan was favored by fewer than three in 10 voters, but still managed to come out on top in a five-person race … nothing could be further from the truth …

Given that only 12, 645 folks bothered to show up at the polls, that means Dan was mentioned on an incredible 68.9 percent of the ballots cast … that number gives a much more accurate picture of Dan’s support than does the 29.1 percent figure …

The county report, which takes into account the fact each voter is allowed to vote for three candidates, lists second-place Lucas Frerichs with 19.5 percent of the vote, which is fewer than one in five … Frerichs, however, actually was mentioned on 46.1 percent of the ballots, which means nearly half the town’s voters gave a nod to his candidacy …

EVEN MORE WOLKINESS … Causeway commuters who are familiar with “The Rocks” high up on the southwest levee were treated to bright white stones with the message “Got Wolk?” as they raced to work this week …

RAMPANT APATHY … County Clerk Freddie Oakley reports that a dismal 37.9 percent of registered voters in the City of All Things Right and Relevant bothered to show up for the most important election in city history … actually, it’s much worse than that … Oakley is talking about registered voters, not eligible voters …

While no one knows the exact figures, the U.S. census reports that only about 60 percent of eligible voters actually register to vote … when you factor that nasty fact into the equation, the percentage of participation in Tuesday’s Davis city election drops down around 24 percent … hardly a figure for our town to proudly hang its hat on …

YOU SHALL REAP WHAT YOU SHALL SOW … my friend Dave notes that “Souza and Greenwald sowed the seeds of their own destruction” when they picked someone to fill a council vacancy “who could be a potential opponent in a subsequent election.” … ah yes, the Queen appointed the Prince, who slipped poison into her porridge and ascended to the throne … adds Dave, citing Politics 101: “When they picked Dan Wolk, it was a bonehead political move. However, it was a good government move. Turns out the voters agreed big time.” … indeed they did …

WHITHER THOU GOEST MADAME X? … Mike in the Core Area wants to know if my once-prolific and all-knowing political operative, Madame X, “has died.” … for those who don’t remember, the good Madame would fire off pointed guided missives around election time, accurately forecasting the outcome of our various local races … and then one day, as mysteriously as she came, she was gone … she didn’t even bother to stop by and pick up her paycheck, which I regularly left behind the Slurpee machine at 7-Eleven … rumor has it she returned to her native Lithuania to attend to “family” business and decided she had had enough of Davis for good … I miss her dearly …

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