It’s astonishing that his nominators kept a straight face!
One of the three candidates nominated for Mayor of Takoma Park is Roger Schlegel, listed as residing on Allegheny Avenue in Ward 3.
So far little is known of Mr. Schlegel and his campaign platform, other than the typical vagaries offered by the people who nominated and seconded him: “We can do better,” and allusions to it being “critical” who we have as mayor in “this difficult time” to “travel down the right path,” and the like. He was described as a high school teacher and a parent.
As is traditionally the case with all nominees, he did not make any speeches at the nominating caucus, so we have not heard from the actual candidate.
However, he, or someone else under the name Roger B. Schlegel, does offer some “forward-thinking ideas about the future of Takoma Park” on a blog written in July of 2008, subtitled “Don’t MAKE Me Run!”.
He named the blog and introduces himself in it as the “NEXT MAYOR OF TAKOMA PARK,” saying “the time has arrived for new ideas to propel our fair city forward into the future.” But, he goes on to assure readers “that I do not want to move us any faster than the rest of the Eastern Time Zone.”
He proposes annexing “large swaths of Silver Spring and Prince Georges County, as as Ward 4 of the future Columbia County.” This, he tells “the rest of America,” is “a harbinger,” and if they don’t know what harbinger means, they should look it up in a dictionary. Yep, sounds like a teacher, alright!
As mayor he says he would “promote and preserve the heritage of dilapidation that is woven into the fabric of our community”
The single entry in the blog says ” my staff is compiling a 2009 gift calendar celebrating the Shacks of Takoma” as a campaign fundraiser. No such calendars appear to have been produced, however.
Schlegel chastises folks who “decry the presence of these properties as ‘blights’ or ‘eyesores’ that threaten their own homes resale values.”
He points out the usefulness of living near an “aesthetically challenged” property: “provides much needed habitat for birds, mammals, insects, and reptiles; provides a reference point for your children when they read about Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird” [Your Gilbert is thinking he’s an English teacher]; deters Bethesda friends from making surprise visits (as if they’ve ever stopped by!) and makes your own middling domicile look smashing by comparison.”
Dear Readers, as much as we like Mr. Schlegel’s reckless style and outrageous-yet-barbed proposals — probably because it reminds us of our own — so far indications are that this is not a serious candidacy, or at least a serious threat to the incumbent.
Looks like fun, though!