Candidate wins election despite getting no votes
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Candidate wins election despite getting no votes
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An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his school board failed to earn any votes - not even his own - but he'll probably still get the job.
Randy Richardson, 42, didn't find time to vote for himself between his full-time maintenance job at a bean processing plant in Riceville and his chores on his farm near McIntire, The Des Moines Register reported.
Richardson was recruited to run by school staff, and though he said he's "run paper thin the way it is," he agreed because he has two kids in the district.
Neighbor Jessie Miller said there wasn't any key issue to drive her to vote in the school board race.
"I would've voted for him!" she said. "He's an awesome guy."
Riceville is a farming community of around 500 residents near the Minnesota border. The school board district Richardson was running for is also home to a number of Amish and Mennonite farmers who typically don't vote.
There are only 122 registered voters who could have voted for Richardson. Across the entire school district, only 36 people voted in the Sept. 8 election.
School board president Karl Fox, who also farms, said the timing of last week's vote was unfortunate because it's a busy time of year for fieldwork.
Fox said farmers have a hard time sacrificing a day of nice weather at this time of year and many people in the area have to drive 50 miles or more to get to work each day.
"It's hard to get the general public to remember when to vote for president," Fox said.
But Richardson will likely still get the job on the Riceville School Board 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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  • derekh-day
    10/02/2015 - 10:46 p.m.

    What's the point in voting if you are going to appoint someone while ignoring the vote's results? I don't think they are making a bad choice, I just think that this isn't the fair/right choice. The article doesn't mention anything about there being any sort of protest against this man being appointed, but obviously at least thirty-six people have to have a problem with this since they did not vote for him. I guess different school boards run differently to sum things up.

  • ethanb-1-fel
    10/14/2015 - 02:35 p.m.

    Randy Richardson won the election without receiving any votes because he got appointed by the school board to fill the required spot.

  • xavierm-pay
    12/08/2015 - 12:47 p.m.

    The council will most likely appoint Randy Richardson because he is the only person who is actually running and since everyone else's is to busy to vote or run against him he by default is the winner.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    2/10/2016 - 12:16 a.m.

    The candidate might have been able to win election without getting no votes from people because the farmer might have been busy for a full time that might have made people to not vote for the farmer that has a full time job. The farmer might have not been able to vote for himself because of the full time job that he has which he wouldn't able to get anybody else if he has a full time job that he needed to do. The people might have not wanted to cast in any votes because people had already seen that the farmer has a full time job to be doing which people won't be able to vote. People might have not been able to cast in their votes because of the full time job that the farmer has which people won't be able to vote for him without getting a full time job on his farm.
    Critical Thinking Question: How did Randy Richardson "win" the election without receiving any votes?
    Answer: There hadn't been anybody else that is getting voted for something that the farmer has and he was the only person that the school that for him to be doing.

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