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Piece of Mind: Low turnout, final results

November 09, 2011|By Carol Cormaci

Despite the appalling apathy on the part of voters living within the La Cañada school district boundaries (It looks like about three-quarters of those registered there couldn’t be bothered to cast a ballot. Really, people?), the hot topic of conversation around town for months — at least among the people I see and hear from — has been this one: Who will be seated on the school board?

I handicapped it this way: Jeanne Broberg and Ellen Multari would win. My reasoning was that Broberg would be reelected because she is the incumbent whose name is known throughout the valley. She’s had vast experience and when there is low voter turnout (it’s true I was not surprised, only disappointed, by this week’s pathetic participation rate), the incumbent generally prevails. She also had the most visible yard signs. And Multari’s campaign, I thought, was strong because she started out early, declaring her candidacy in the spring, got a quick start in social media and had the support of a whole slew of people related to the schools. That little typo on her campaign yard sign, the line “Commmited to Excellence,” was apparently in small enough font that no one held it against her. Besides, maybe the fact she didn’t reorder signs with the correct spelling perhaps shows her to be fiscally conservative, a trait that’s highly prized in these parts.

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AJ Blumenfeld, a candidate I grew to have some admiration for over the course of the race because of his obvious passion for the job, was less likely to win, I thought, because of his tender age (20), the fact that he attends school across the country for most of the year, and because he entered the campaign months after Multari and Broberg had already thrown their hats into the ring.

The also-ran Ernest Koeppen seemed to have many fine people supporting him, but he was a quieter presence all around. Although he ran two years ago so had some name-recognition established, Koeppen got a late start this season, didn’t actively seek funding and had boring yard signs (sorry Ernest, but next time go bolder). While he made some excellent points during the forum, he did so in such a soft-spoken manner that I’m not sure everyone heard them.

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