Candidate wins election despite getting no votes
September 25, 2015
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An Iowa farmer was running unopposed for his school board. He failed to earn any votes. He did not even vote. But he will probably still get the job.
Randy Richardson, 42, did not find time to vote for himself. He has a full-time maintenance job. The job is at a bean processing plant in Riceville. And he works chores on his farm near McIntire. This is according to The Des Moines Register newspaper.
Richardson was asked to run by school staff. And though he said he is "run paper thin the way it is," he agreed. He agreed because he has two kids in the district.
Neighbor Jessie Miller said there were not any key issues to drive her to vote in the school board race.
"I would have voted for him!" she said. "He is an awesome guy."
Riceville is a farming community. About 500 people live there. It is near the Minnesota border. The school board district Richardson was running for is also home to a number of Amish and Mennonite farmers. They typically do not vote.
There are only 122 registered voters who could have voted for Richardson. There were only 36 people who did vote. That was across the entire school district. The election was held Sept. 8.
The school board president is Karl Fox. He also farms and said the timing of last week's vote was too bad. It is a busy time of year for fieldwork, he said.
Fox said farmers have a hard time giving up a day of nice weather this time of the year. Many in the area have to drive 50 miles or more to get to work each day.
"It is hard to get the general public to remember when to vote for president," Fox said.
Richardson will likely still get the job on the Riceville School Board. That is because the board probably will appoint him to fill the seat he was running for, Fox said.
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How did Randy Richardson "win” the election without receiving any votes?
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