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Postby GannonFan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:51 pm

Funny story. Last election day, I had to take the kids to the dentist so I took off work in the morning. After a thoroughly boring trip to the dentist (one of those pediatric centered dentist places - lots of toys and kids videos playing - plus they give them a gist bag at the end - very odd, but a different topic for a different day) I'm taking the kids home before going to work and I decide to swing by the township building so I can vote. Obviously, no national races last November, being an off year, so it's just a whole bunch of local offices - school board, township offices, tax collector, etc. We go through the ballot and I have all three boys with me in the booth picking names we either know or just spreading around the votes. So we end up getting down to "Township Auditor" and there's no names registered for either party. I say, "hey, let's write my name in as a write-in vote". We do that, cast the votes, and that's that.

Fast forward to just before Thanksgiving, I get a letter in the mail from the county board of elections - apparently, it's a tie (my littlest one loves this, he instantly channels his inner-Lin Manuel Miranda and goes to the Election of 1800 song from "Hamilton") and they cast lots at high noon the day after Thanksgiving. I'm of course busy coaching multiple kids sports teams, so I don't go. Turns out 7 other people wrote their names in so it was a 7 way tie. So 7 votes cast in an election where about 2500 people voted.

Fast forward to sometime before Christmas, and my wife calls me after getting the mail. There's a big envelope in the mail and wouldn't ya know it, it's a fancy form from the electoral board that I won. I quickly look up Township auditor in the PA state code to find out what they do - it's a 6 year term, I get paid $10 an hour, I have subpoena power, but basically in this kind of a township (i.e. a populated one) there's an outside auditing firm and the role is somewhat ceremonial.

So today, I go to the Township building, I get sworn in (a real swearing in, bible and everything. I officially now have pledged to defend the US Constitution!) and I'm officially a Township Auditor. My first elected position. I know have a story to tell at parties for years to come. :thumb:
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Postby Ibanez » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:55 pm

:lol: I love democracy. :lol:
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Postby HI54UNI » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:16 pm

GannonFan wrote:Funny story. Last election day, I had to take the kids to the dentist so I took off work in the morning. After a thoroughly boring trip to the dentist (one of those pediatric centered dentist places - lots of toys and kids videos playing - plus they give them a gist bag at the end - very odd, but a different topic for a different day) I'm taking the kids home before going to work and I decide to swing by the township building so I can vote. Obviously, no national races last November, being an off year, so it's just a whole bunch of local offices - school board, township offices, tax collector, etc. We go through the ballot and I have all three boys with me in the booth picking names we either know or just spreading around the votes. So we end up getting down to "Township Auditor" and there's no names registered for either party. I say, "hey, let's write my name in as a write-in vote". We do that, cast the votes, and that's that.

Fast forward to just before Thanksgiving, I get a letter in the mail from the county board of elections - apparently, it's a tie (my littlest one loves this, he instantly channels his inner-Lin Manuel Miranda and goes to the Election of 1800 song from "Hamilton") and they cast lots at high noon the day after Thanksgiving. I'm of course busy coaching multiple kids sports teams, so I don't go. Turns out 7 other people wrote their names in so it was a 7 way tie. So 7 votes cast in an election where about 2500 people voted.

Fast forward to sometime before Christmas, and my wife calls me after getting the mail. There's a big envelope in the mail and wouldn't ya know it, it's a fancy form from the electoral board that I won. I quickly look up Township auditor in the PA state code to find out what they do - it's a 6 year term, I get paid $10 an hour, I have subpoena power, but basically in this kind of a township (i.e. a populated one) there's an outside auditing firm and the role is somewhat ceremonial.

So today, I go to the Township building, I get sworn in (a real swearing in, bible and everything. I officially now have pledged to defend the US Constitution!) and I'm officially a Township Auditor. My first elected position. I know have a story to tell at parties for years to come. :thumb:


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Postby Col Hogan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:18 pm

Can you fix a parking ticket for me???
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Postby 89Hen » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:25 pm

:lol: :thumb: :notworthy:

You should be able to find a way to make some money over 6 years.

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Postby dbackjon » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:29 pm

Congrats!

First Township Auditor, next, the White House!
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Postby OL FU » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:49 pm

GannonFan = Swamp Monster ;)

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Postby CAA Flagship » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:10 pm

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Postby kalm » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:36 pm

Great...another pro-establishment conk in office... :ohno:

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this is kind of awesome. Congrats!
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Postby Rob Iola » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:08 pm

You totally need to channel your inner Gilbert & Sullivan and go all Lord High Executioner at your first Township meeting...

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Postby VictorG » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:26 pm

Can you get pot holes fixed? I have one that need filling. It's called Idaho!
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Postby Ivytalk » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:36 pm

Nice job, Ganny! :thumb: And you can still straddle that center stripe.... 8-)
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Postby Jjoey52 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:48 pm

Cool, you must keep us informed of how it goes.


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Postby SDHornet » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:55 pm

Great story Gannon! :thumb:

Next step is to create the Gannon Foundation in which you take contributions from local businesses to look the other way on certain audits and regulations...and keep all your files on a server in your bathroom and deny any intent of wrong doing. JSO would certainly approve and proclaim you to be the most moral and competent township auditor of all time. :nod: :lol:

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Postby bluehenbillk » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:08 am

Congrats!! You'll have to look up where you rank in the line of succession in case the Designated Survivor scenario plays out!
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Postby dbackjon » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:37 am

bluehenbillk wrote:Congrats!! You'll have to look up where you rank in the line of succession in case the Designated Survivor scenario plays out!




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Postby GannonFan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:42 am

I'm already being encouraged to do something with a bit more meat in it - possibly a seat on the local Water Authority Board (as a township representative - multiple townships share the same local Water Authority) or a plumb job on the Local Sewer Authority. Now that would be almost literally getting into the swamp! My wife is being sought after for a spot on the Parks Commission board so we could turn into a power couple, locally speaking of course. However, if this is how JSO and his wife started I'll have to put the brakes on this right away.
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GannonFan wrote:I'm already being encouraged to do something with a bit more meat in it - possibly a seat on the local Water Authority Board (as a township representative - multiple townships share the same local Water Authority) or a plumb job on the Local Sewer Authority. Now that would be almost literally getting into the swamp! My wife is being sought after for a spot on the Parks Commission board so we could turn into a power couple, locally speaking of course. However, if this is how JSO and his wife started I'll have to put the brakes on this right away.

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Postby Ivytalk » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:49 am

GannonFan wrote:I'm already being encouraged to do something with a bit more meat in it - possibly a seat on the local Water Authority Board (as a township representative - multiple townships share the same local Water Authority) or a plumb job on the Local Sewer Authority. Now that would be almost literally getting into the swamp! My wife is being sought after for a spot on the Parks Commission board so we could turn into a power couple, locally speaking of course. However, if this is how JSO and his wife started I'll have to put the brakes on this right away.

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Ivytalk wrote:
GannonFan wrote:I'm already being encouraged to do something with a bit more meat in it - possibly a seat on the local Water Authority Board (as a township representative - multiple townships share the same local Water Authority) or a plumb job on the Local Sewer Authority. Now that would be almost literally getting into the swamp! My wife is being sought after for a spot on the Parks Commission board so we could turn into a power couple, locally speaking of course. However, if this is how JSO and his wife started I'll have to put the brakes on this right away.

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GannonFan wrote:I'm already being encouraged to do something with a bit more meat in it - possibly a seat on the local Water Authority Board (as a township representative - multiple townships share the same local Water Authority) or a plumb job on the Local Sewer Authority. Now that would be almost literally getting into the swamp! My wife is being sought after for a spot on the Parks Commission board so we could turn into a power couple, locally speaking of course. However, if this is how JSO and his wife started I'll have to put the brakes on this right away.

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GannonFan wrote:I'm already being encouraged to do something with a bit more meat in it - possibly a seat on the local Water Authority Board (as a township representative - multiple townships share the same local Water Authority) or a plumb job on the Local Sewer Authority. Now that would be almost literally getting into the swamp! My wife is being sought after for a spot on the Parks Commission board so we could turn into a power couple, locally speaking of course. However, if this is how JSO and his wife started I'll have to put the brakes on this right away.

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Postby HI54UNI » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:22 am

I hear there's some guys from Jersey that want to talk to you about the street and garbage contracts.

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Postby CID1990 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:36 pm

So let me get this straight-

youre the guy that makes sure the money is accounted for and spent the way it was supposed to be?

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