Lots of Ephs continue to make news in the world of politics:

  • In her bid for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, Martha Coakley ’75 seems to be pulling away from the field, as reflected by the hoards of Massachusetts politicians (none of whom are likely to back an unlikely winner) endorsing her.
  • Recent polls show that Mike McGinn ’82’s run for Seattle Mayor is likely to go down to the wire.
  • Nice feature on the current Eph Senator, Mark Udall ’72.
  • Brian Werner ’01, IT consultant and member of the “Church of Celebritology” — really, is running for Telluride Town Council.
  • Steve Kelley ’75 is one of many in a crowded Minnesota Governor primary field.  Check here for Kelley’s website, including a link to his Facebook page.
  • Chris Murphy ’96, one of the “best fighters in Congress for health reform,” seems to be playing a prominent role in the House efforts to reach consensus on health care.  It’s a good sign, by the way, when even prospective opponents are applauding your constituent service.
  • In local political news, North Adams Mayor (and dead ringer for Mayor Quimby) Barrett is fighting for his political life against an MCLA professor.  This article discusses the race and notes one of Barrett’s Williams connections.
  • Finally, in old-school political “news,” who knew that an Eph, George William Hunter, Jr., class of 1896, wrote the book at the center of the Scopes trial?  Wild stuff.
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