I have a strict rule against talking politics on this site, but this morning I’m making an exception.
Last night, my mother, Sandra K. Green, was elected mayor of Kutztown, Pa., defeating Republican challenger Eric A. Ely 556 to 382.
Mom, a Democrat, becomes the first female mayor in town history. By default, I attain the rank of first son of Kutztown.
Here’s small town politics for you: Mom and her opponent get along quite well inside and outside the political arena. They ran extremely positive campaigns, touting communication, listening and moving on after an embarrassing four years under the previous mayor, who was defeated in the primary.
All told, Camp Green shelled out about $800 for signs, buttons, literature and packets of Forget-Me-Not seeds to hand out at the polls. There were no commercials, and there was no mud slinging.
After the votes were tallied, Camp Green gathered at the Tavern restaurant for food and spirits. Invited guests included friends, family, and her opponent, Eric Ely, who stayed well into the night to help celebrate two classy campaigns and the democratic process at work.
Kutztown has reason to be excited this morning. Voters have spoken. They wanted positive change, and they got it.
Mom is the hardest working person I know, and I couldn’t be prouder. Speaking from experience, she did an awesome job whipping me into shape. Now, it's Kutztown's turn.