Sanders deserves some credit

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 04:37 PM.

Last week’s election for mayor of Havelock could be thought of as some sort of mandate. After all, Will Lewis nearly doubled the number of votes of incumbent mayor Jimmy Sanders.

That Lewis, seemingly a well-liked two-term city commissioner, defeated Sanders should not have come as such as huge surprise. The margin of victory — or of defeat in Sanders’ case — was a bit of a shocker.

After all, it’s not like Sanders was caught in some sort of corrupt political scandal. It’s not like he admitted to smoking crack, like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Perhaps the main argument against Sanders was that he had been mayor of Havelock for the past eight years and had served previously as mayor and a city commissioner.

“I got beat. It’s pretty simple, but you know, you hang around as long as I did, you are going to make a lot of people mad,” Sanders said after the election results came in.

While Sanders may have made a lot of people mad, he obviously made a lot of people happy as well. After all, one does not get elected as a city commissioner or mayor without doing something right.

Even Lewis admitted as much.

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