twenty pound carp http://michiganradio.org en Twenty Pound Carp falls short in race for Ann Arbor City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/twenty-pound-carp-falls-short-race-ann-arbor-city-council <p>It was a long shot.</p><p>The carp was running as a write-in candidate, and we all know how hard it can be to get voters to spell your name right (amiright, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-vs-dugeon-challenge-how-interpret-write-intentions">Mike Dugeon</a>?!).</p><p>In the end, voters in Ann Arbor's 4th&nbsp;Ward cast 209 write-in votes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not enough to topple the favorite John Eaton, who - as a </span>biped<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;- ran away with the council seat collecting 1,678 votes.</span></p><p>So it's back to normal life - rooting around in muck of the Huron River for the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/twenty-pound-carp-could-be-your-new-ann-arbor-city-council-representative">Twenty-pound Carp</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>He was a gracious loser. He congratulated Eaton on his win and thanked his advisors, "<span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Palatino, serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 24px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Shelly the beatboxing turtle and John Quackles, the duck who served as legal counsel."</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Palatino, serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 24px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Read his speech below. (If your browser doesn't load it, read it <a href="http://storify.com/MBrush/concession-speech-from-ann-arbor-s-twenty-pound-ca">here</a>.)</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:58:39 +0000 Mark Brush 15156 at http://michiganradio.org Twenty Pound Carp falls short in race for Ann Arbor City Council This twenty pound carp could be your new Ann Arbor city council representative http://michiganradio.org/post/twenty-pound-carp-could-be-your-new-ann-arbor-city-council-representative <p>You read that right.</p><p>A twenty pound carp <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/destructive-20-inch-long-carp-pulled-from-pond-at-west-park-in-ann-arbor/">that was pulled out of a pond in Ann Arbor's West park last November</a> is making a run for city council.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The carp was initially removed from the pond because it was destroying the ecosystem.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation workers relocated it to the Huron River, where it is now running a write-in campaign for Ann Arbor City Council.</span></p><p>The carp has not yet responded to our interview requests, but it has engaged with other media outlets and even some current Ann Arbor City Council members on <a href="https://twitter.com/TwentyPoundCarp">Twitter</a>. (I suspect the carp has hired a social media director -- tweeting with fins seems difficult.)</p><p>The carp says the campaign is going well, and even has yard signs posted around town.</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Even now political operative are fanning out across the 4th Ward and planting signs--signs of political change, yo. <a href="http://t.co/qaC3Gxlnbw">pic.twitter.com/qaC3Gxlnbw</a></p>— Twenty Pound Carp (@TwentyPoundCarp) <a href="https://twitter.com/TwentyPoundCarp/statuses/394915371532034048">October 28, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:06:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15088 at http://michiganradio.org This twenty pound carp could be your new Ann Arbor city council representative