Candidates Campaign Down to the Wire

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

June 14, 2005

Today is election day, and the hottest race this year is for Mitch Van Yahres seat in the 57th District.

"It's kind of a cross between paragliding and having a root canal."

That is how candidate Rich Collins describes campaigning for 57th District seat in the House of Delegates. All three candidates came out to vote Election Day, for themselves, of course. Then they spent the rest of the day making sure everyone else did the same.

"I've been out since 5:30 this morning, working the polls, shaking hands, trying to convince voters to support me in this campaign," said democratic candidate David Toscano.

"I've been going around to the various polling places, and shaking people's hands and asking for their vote," said Clement "Kim" Tingley, another candidate.

All three candidates expressed relief, some nervousness, and even a bit of calm that race day was finally here.

"This has been like a marathon. I've been going door to door," said Tingley.

"My grandson asked me, 'Grandpa, when are they going to run this race?' He thought it was literally a physical race," laughed Collins. "Well tonight I can tell him that we ran it and we have an outcome."

What that outcome is, is uncertain. Voter turn-out in primary races is typically low. Therefore it is difficult for anyone to make a prediction, even the candidates.

"There's so many imponderables," said Collins, adding that some may be confused by the democratic or republican ballot, or may want to vote a different party for a different elections. Three other races, the governor's primary, lieutenant governor's, and attorney general's, are also on the ballot.

"I think its going to be a close election. I think a couple of votes could decide it," said Toscano.

"I don't think it's going to be close race at all," disagreed Tingley, with a smile.

Whatever the results, the candidates all said they were going to call each other once the results are in to congratulate and commiserate.

Collins also added that he and the other candidates will all meet on Thursday to show unity in the party.

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