Dodson’s comments disturbing
When the results from Election Day are made official, which includes the tabulation of absentee votes and write-in votes that were not included in Tuesday’s results, it’s possible Joseph Dodson will end up retaining his job as Hollidaysburg’s mayor.
Unofficial vote totals on Tuesday night had Dodson losing to Hollidaysburg Borough Council President John Stultz by just 20 votes (431-411).
Election Day often provides a test of class and shows how people, after putting their hearts into races that are sometimes contentious, handle victory and defeat.
You would expect candidates bidding to be a mayor of a respected community like Hollidaysburg – supposed leaders that towns should admire – would be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
Dodson was anything but gracious Tuesday night when he demeaned Stultz.
“They [voters] want a figurehead and a name, and they’ve got it,” Dodson told the Mirror. “The people spoke. … Apparently people don’t want good government, and I guess they’ll get what they deserve.”
He wasn’t finished.
Dodson called his defeat after eight years (two terms), “the borough’s loss, not mine.”
Stultz said he was “humbled” to be ahead after Tuesday’s vote count, adding he hoped to end dissension that he said plagued the borough under Dodson’s watch.
Stultz said he believes the mayor should be “a goodwill ambassador.”
That’s what people should expect in their mayors, and it is the attitude that seems to have struck a chord with most borough voters going to the polls on Tuesday.
It will be a few days before the vote count is made official and we know with certainty who won the Republican nomination and whether write-in votes will produce a different Democratic nominee.
Should he overtake Stultz in the race for the mayoral nomination, Dodson will have a chance to spread a lot more goodwill than he did Tuesday night.