Donald Daoust wants to make sure the water running through his Coxsackie runs clear.
Daoust is vying for a seat on the fantastically-named Coxsackie Village Board, pledging to make sure the village's new waste and water treatment facilities operate smoothly. Not only is Daoust a former County Supervisor and a veteran of the U.S. Army, he also used to operate the sewer system at Coxsackie Correctional. This is a man who hasn't wasted time, but who has done time with waste.
"In today's world, people do not volunteer to run for public office because they are afraid of the repercussions that go with the job. I am not afraid," Daoust said. In fact, he's willing to get knee-deep in those repercussions.
Sewage is an important issue in this race, because the people of Coxsackie have had to deal with sub-par water in the past. One of Daoust's opponents has noted that the local water was like chocolate milk before the new treatment facilities were operational, which, if we're splitting hairs here, sounds delicious. Also, nothing soothes the muscles after a long workout like a steamy, creamy shower.
As a result, all of the candidates running for – wow, still a great name – the Coxsackie Village Board stress the importance of proper wastewater management. Republicans and Democrats alike, they are united behind keeping the pipes clean, which has led to a remarkably civil campaign. Maybe it's like nuclear proliferation, nobody wants to sling mud for fear of slinging something worse. So. Much. Worse.
Or maybe those basic services, those that are oh-so-necessary, are what unify all of us. We don't live in red states or blue states; we just want to live in states without water of various shades of brown. These colors don't run. Coxsackie!
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Previously: Dan English, "Taxpayer, unlike SOME people."
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