PollWatch 2012: Lakewood Elementary, Dallas

The 492-foot stretch of Hillbrook Street that rests in front of Lakewood Elementary has 104 campaign signs.

A breakdown:

Kenneth Sheets, Republican for state rep: 21
Robert Miklos, Democrat for state rep: 15
Tincy Miller, for state board of education: 5
Dan Branch, Republican for state rep: 1
“Vote Yes” for the Dallas bond: 16
Pete Sessions, for Congress: 11
John Carona, for state senate: 3
Kirk Launius, for county sheriff: 20
Generic “Vote Republican”: 2
Douglas Lang, for 5th District court of appeals: 7
Romney/Ryan, for world domination: 1
“Kill mosquitos, drain standing water”: 2

Using fail-proof, double-checked mathematics, this means dead mosquitos would defeat the Romney/Ryan ticket in Lakewood by a whopping 2-1 margin.

Voters were less sure of those numbers.

“We’re spending too much,” said Gary, who wore the rare thermal-shirt-with-dress-shirt-underneath combination. “I think Romney will spend less. And if he doesn’t, I’ll vote him out in four years.”

Gary “Come With Me If You Want to Live” Nolastname, I like your moxie.

A high-schooler leaving the school was not swayed by the 16 bond-election signs: “I voted against all the money crap.”

The most interesting character was a nameless woman in an orange sweater. I’m sure she has a name, but for these purposes let’s call her…Margaret Thatcher.

“I just, I just, I don’t want to say anything, because I voted for Obama” Thatcher said. “My friends, they get kind of violent.”

She then covered her head with her hands, faced the cloudless sky, screamed, “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT,” and headed for her car.



  • lakewood independent

    Margaret is lost. Not because she voted for Obama but because she doesn’t realize there are a ton of Obama signs all around the Lakewood neighborhood. Lakewood has been a left-leaning neighborhood for some time.

  • Carol Shih

    Did you really count all those signs? Impressive, Bradford, impressive.

    • BradfordPearson

      I did. I can show you the tally sheet in my notebook.

  • Divanora

    It sickens and saddens me to hear/read about how this election is dividing friends and families. People are afraid of retaliation if their friends found out they voted one way and not the other. Add to that point that families are disowning each other.

    REALLY?!?!?!?!?! Is this high school?!?!

    If your favourite candidate is more important than your friends and family, then you have a very serious problem.