Kudos to good friend Doug Schmidt, who was elected Alderman in Franklin this past week, defeating former FranklinNOW blogger Brian Maersch (who once told me how much he likes my State Fair blog entries. Of course, Doug has never admitted to actually reading my blog. Come to think of it, which one is really a friend?)
As I am not a Franklin resident, I've never paid much mind to his politics and other than what I've read on some of these links, I don't much care, as a friend is a friend. Doug had previously run for Milwaukee County Supervisor a couple of years ago. Maybe he bit off a little more than he could chew, or maybe he decided to get involved with his community a little more as he became President of Franklin's Historical Society.
I don't know how well he'll do as an alderman. In a way, I don't particularly care. Because I know what Doug is made of. He is a little old-fashioned (well, he is a little old, for that matter), but he is college educated, a former sports editor of the old Community Newspapers (and not a big fan of Mark the Editor, by the way). He has been the editor of Milwaukee's Ten Pin Journal bowling newspaper for almost two decades, and has had two books published.
Doug's win signifies what a person can do if he or she wants to. Looking for a new challenge (politics) he tried and failed (County Supervisor), tried again and won. Doug does not have a lot of money to spend, so he built the grassroots support. In a way, I kind of pictured him in a straw hat with red, white and blue ribbons, walking through the town sqare in The Wonder Years (side note; with all the nostalgia crap on television, has anyone seen a rerun of The Wonder Years lately? Yet I can find more episodes than I care to of That (Horrible) '70s Show. That's not nostalgia, that's garbage.)
Congratulations again, Doug. And if anyone else out there in Internetland has a hope of getting into politics, it is never too late, and with a little elbow grease, you just might win.