By Dale Onofrey
Hello. If you have been a long time reader of the Babbler, then you’ll remember that I used to write the Skeptical of Skeptics column. Today, we’re part of the Freethought Blogs network, and the skeptical movement is just a fraction of the threat it used to be to open-mindedness. So I don’t need to write that column anymore. Instead, the editor was kind enough to let me stay on as a political pundit. Thanks, Sara Langston.
For my first political column, I decided to see where Bolingbrook’s residents stand on the upcoming 2019 Board election. Yes, we’re still dealing with the 2018 election, but who says we can’t look ahead to next year? So here’s the result of our first Babbler poll in nearly 20 years:
Which political party do you want to win the 2019 Bolingbrook Trustee Election?
Bolingbrook United: 40%
The Roger Claar Party: 20%
The Art Bell Party: 20%
Bolingbrook Pride Reborn: 20%
Bolingbrook First: 0%
The Zero Tax Party: 0%
The Skepchick Party: 0%
Based on this poll, it looks like Bolingbrook United is in a strong position heading into the election. Bolingbrook Pride Reborn is going strong considering they haven’t run a candidate since the 1980s. If they can get on the ballot, it’s possible they could form an alliance with Bolingbrook United and take over the village board.
Despite the name, The Roger Claar party isn’t affiliated with Mayor Roger Claar. Usually, Claar kicks them off the ballot, and the courts affirm his decision. If they get on the ballot for 2019, then they could take at least one seat from Bolingbrook First. We could end up with a Board meeting where these two parties debate which is the most supportive of Claar. That’s probably why Claar has raised over $300,000 for his campaign fund— He knows he will need that much to support the Bolingbrook First party and to maintain his lifestyle.
Of course, things could change when the candidates are announced sometime in December. Until then, this poll will inspire months worth of columns, most of which you can only read in the print edition of the Babbler. It’s going to be a fun election season next year.
From the Webmaster: This poll is based on a convenience sample of five people on Twitter. Assuming everyone who participated was a Bolingbrook resident, the margin of error is ±43.826%.