National Affairs: Wickes's Wicks

In Massachusetts' 17th Legislative District (southwestern Boston), Real-Estate Man Chester K. Wickes was trudging along in a field of 18 Democratic candidates for state representative. He had never run for office before, and seemed to have little chance to win. But when Hur ricane Carol swept through Boston a fortnight ago, Candidate Wickes remembered that story about an ill wind.

After the storm left a large section of his district without electricity, Wickes stocked up on candles and drove his loudspeaker-equipped car through the darkness, announcing: "Folks, if you'll step out in front, you'll get some candles from Chet Wickes, your candidate...

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