It was election season in Cottonwood County and volunteers from both local campaigns came to this part of the world to rally support for their candidate. Cottonwood County was a very rural and countrywide area where miles of farm acreage could be found. Every vote mattered and with a low populated area such as Cottonwood, the race was on to reach as many folks as possible. Campaign signs were placed everywhere including right next to a farmer’s market, where the land was wide open and easy to see.
Most people in the county had made up their minds about who to vote for, but there was one who was undecided. His name was Ben Cooper. Many of the county people who knew Ben Cooper said he was the most uninformed and unenthused man in the countryside when it came to politics. Both campaigns were aware of this man and knew his vote would be critical. So both campaigns sent volunteers to knock on his door to try and convince him to vote for their candidate.
When the volunteers arrived at Ben Cooper’s house, they asked Mr. Cooper which candidate he would be voting for.
Mr. Cooper said, “Well folks, I’ve been so busy working, I don’t even know who is running.”
The volunteers gasped in shock, thinking that surely everyone would at least know who was running for office. Perplexed at Mr. Cooper, one volunteer said, “Sir, since you don’t know who the candidates are, when you go to vote tomorrow, go by the farmer’s market, you’ll notice a big row of campaign signs, just pick which one of the signs you want to vote for and mark it on your ballot.”
Mr. Cooper agreed and off the next morning he went to vote. He did indeed walk by the Farmer’s Market, looked at every sign on the land, and after a short pause said, “I believe I’ve made my choice.”
He proceeded to the ballot box and voted. After walking out of the precinct office, many of the volunteers quickly ran up to him and said, “Mr. Cooper, we are all so curious as to who you voted for.”
Mr. Cooper looked at them all and finally said, “Well folks, I took your advice and went by the farmer’s market. Saw all the signs and made my choice. In fact, I wrote in my candidate. I voted for pecans.”
“Pecans?!” Said one volunteer. “That’s not even one of the candidates. Why would you vote for something silly like that?!’
Mr. Cooper replied, “Well, you told me to look at all the signs and vote for the one I liked the most. Perhaps you forgot about the sign that said, “Pecans for only $5 here at the farmer’s market.” Guess you could say local politics can be nutty after all.” 😉