Despite setback, Michael Heagerty is not out of the running for his council seat
Last month the Salt City's 14 political junkies snapped their heads in unison. After nominating petitions were scrutinized, First District Common Councilor Michael Heagerty had failed to qualify for the ballot designation he had received from the Democratic Party by one signature. How unreal was that? Check it out: he hadn't signed his own petition.
Confusion reigned immediate. Those obsessed with things electoral locally pondered more scenarios than were produced by the last Republican mayoral maneuverings. Was it arrogance? Early Alzheimer's? Perhaps a coded message that for someone who had played such an activist role in the development of Armory Square and the renovation of the Palace Theater, the petty and pr
ocrastinating pace of city politics was too much to bear?
"He's dead in the water," one grizzled veteran observer of scene declared. "But he's so . . . so . . . known," another countered. Without particular emotion, the debate raged about the lack of ballot behavior below Rows A and B on voting machines, as opposed to the name recognition factor in a less than citywide race. In the following conversation, Heagerty brings some clarity to the challenge he will face as an incumbent this November.
He maintains he will not expend time, personnel and resources on gathering petitions for an independent line, which would be buried at the bottom of the ballot. He carries the designation of the Working Families Party, and will run on that line, under their banner.
Was this embarrassing?
There's definitely a little bit of embarrassment there. A little bit. I made the front page. It's a lesson. I've been embarrassed more by other things. I could have worked harder. I could have done a better job at it. I never really took it for granted, but one of the hardest things for me personally is going door-to-door. It really is. I have a problem with that. I think that for your volunteers it's a lot of signatures, a lot of work to do, so it's hard to gather up. Hundreds and hundreds of signatures.