Dead Man Elected Mayor

Voters in Tracy City, Tennessee elected Carl Geary mayor, even though he died a month ago:

His widow, Susan Geary, said his election "was not a surprise at all to me."

"The day he passed away, people were calling with condolences and saying, 'We're still voting for him,'" she said.

Geary, 55, was known for his straight talking and served on the local council. He polled 285 votes to his rival's 85.

Local business owners said the vote to elect Geary was as a protest against the current mayor, Barbara Brock.

"I knew he was deceased. I know that sounds stupid, but we wanted someone other than her," said Chris Rogers, owner of the town's Lunch Box restaurant.


Link | Photo: (unrelated) US Department of the Interior

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A town mayor is one thing, but this has happened as high as the U.S. Senate. In 2000, former Governor of Missouri Mel Carnahan (D) was elected to the U.S. Senate weeks after he died in a plane crash.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Carnahan#2000_Senate_election_and_death
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This doesn't surprise me at all, I used to live in Tracy City and I can attest that for the most part, it's all old people, who take their politics very seriously (LOL). At one time, Tracy City was a booming coal mining company time, but it's just made a complete ass of itself.
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