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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. This is according to The Des Moines Register.
 
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. 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 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. It's a busy time of year for fieldwork, he said.
 
Fox said farmers have a hard time sacrificing a day of nice weather at this time of year. 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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COMMENTS (47)
  • GigiSylvester-Ste
    10/01/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    I agree with Taylor! This is a nice story. It's great that there was no completion between people to see who's "better".

  • melissaj-Ste
    10/01/2015 - 01:21 p.m.

    This town sounds exactly like the town one of the Bachelor's, from ABC's The Bachelor, was from. It is crazy that people have to drive 50 miles just to vote. No wonder no one votes. Although that is kind of bad because if almost no one except one person votes, that person has the choice of who they want to have that position. However, if only one person is running it really doesn't matter -- votes or no votes.

  • maxwellt-2-bar
    10/01/2015 - 11:35 p.m.

    He didn't really win the election, even though no one ran against him, because nobody voted. Most people were too busy farming to vote, but since the Riceville school board will probably appoint him to fill the vacancy, he basically won. It's the same result, anyways. I was shocked that even though 122 people could've voted, none found the time or didn't care or bother to.

  • kevine-4-bar
    10/02/2015 - 12:36 a.m.

    Randy Richardson "won" the election without receiving any votes because most of the population of that town are farmers and that day was very good for farming so not a lot of people voted including Randy and the school's principal. So Randy will probably get the job because he is the best candidate.

  • maddiei-orv
    10/02/2015 - 12:21 p.m.

    If 36 people voted, and none of them voted for him, why would he get the position? Why would he get the spot when he couldn't even find time to vote for himself? What makes the school board think that if he doesn't have time to vote for himself that he would have time to help the school?

  • aliviab-ste
    10/02/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    This is an interesting series of events. This reminds me of when I was in six grade and we went on a field trip to a place where we pretended to be adults and run our own little community. I had decided to run for mayor of the community and I won by default simply because everyone else dropped out of the race and they did not have anyone else for people to vote for.

  • ginnyc-har
    10/02/2015 - 01:23 p.m.

    Randy didn't really win the election but they said they might just give him the job because there weren't a lot of people voting and many people liked him and said if they knew, they would've voted.

  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    10/06/2015 - 07:44 p.m.

    I wish something like this could happen to me. There would be no campaigning, competition, none of that. Just once this should happen to me!

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    10/07/2015 - 11:38 a.m.

    He won because nobody really voted because they forgot and they didn't have time because they had to spend their time farming since it was such a nice day.

  • autianae-ste
    10/08/2015 - 04:13 p.m.

    Despite getting no votes, I like how he still did it anyway to try and get himself out there. I completely admire people with determination, rather than the people who always worry about doing something better than another person can do.

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