Political Notes: David? Fred? David

The voters of Martin County, Ind., were understandably confused. The sheriffs race pitted Democrat David Qualkenbush against Republican Fred Qualkenbush, no relation. Striving to distinguish themselves from each other, the candidates plastered photographs everywhere. "Fred is fuller in the face," said his aide. Even so, some perplexed voters switched back and forth so often that their erasures wore holes in their ballots. Others voted for both. In the end, the mostly Democratic county chose up sides by party and made David the new Sheriff Qualkenbush.


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