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When it comes to elections, political stances on issues may be less important than where names place on ballots.
Interestingly, the candidate listed first owns a distinct advantage in municipal elections.
Ballot format matters, especially if design causes confusion for voters. With a significant number of candidates in the Trenton municipal election, plus, midterm races, understanding the layout of ballots ranks as important.
So, Monday’s ballot pull for municipal elections in the City of Trenton loomed as a major event. Lots of horses, jockeys and political trainers in this Capital City Derby.
Luckily, Trenton does not elect its school board members although a referendum question about adopting that process shows on this year’s ballot.
Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello promised an informative overview of the ballot via myriad resources, despite the election process being stalled by a challenge to the legitimacy of South Ward candidate Evangeline Ugorji.
Covello assured her office will meet all established timelines of the Mercer County voting process.
Still, Trenton’s election will be on the flip side of the ballot, a Side B, if you will. It’s a perfect segue to musical intrigue and trivia, something to take the edge off of local elections.
So, here’s eight questions about unexpected music success born on the flip side of 45 vinyl releases.
1. Hey dude, this band and song caused a spinning vinyl world raucous even on the streets of Beijing.
2. North Ward Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson has been scolded more than once with this 1971 B-side lead. And the main side — it’s why constituents elected her for three terms.
3. This A-side became a mega hit although the other side groomed significant success. The whole ball of wax here as an overzealous journalist doggedly stalks politicians, opposite a blueprint for homicide.
4. You stand a ghost of chance to guess this A-side (Hung On You) but sisters and brothers the B-tune will free up memories of ravenous slow dances.
5. This rallying group delivered pride on the waterways while a former, wonderful, always missed Princeton mayor could claim this Louisiana area as her birthplace.
6. Dr. Seuss popularized green eggs but this amazing organ donor attracted jealousy with a B-side production that earned a re-release as an A-side. No way you guess the A-side Behave Yourself, plus, it’s unlikely you know this B-side title although this condition could mean a serious medical condition for men.
7. As summer fades, it’s only right a salute tethers these crooners. This A-side would create a response about reveries of a functioning city government, clean streets, no crime, etc. And the B-side — only a deity could say when this might occur.
8. Let’s double up with an artist who flipped success twice. Confusion arises with this A-side and B-side with Part I and Part 2 distinction. This kind of success occurred again with a couple of French words.
Make sure homework gets done for this election. It’s all about the flip side for Trenton voters.
Answers : 1. Hey, Jude and Revolution. The Beatles. 2. Maggie May and Reason to Believe. Rod Stewart. 3. Every Breath You Take and Murder By Numbers. The Police. 4. Unchained Melody. Righteous Brothers. 5. Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou. Credence Clearwater Revival. Who doesn’t miss Barbara Boggs Sigmund? 6. Green Onions. Booker T and the MGs. 7. Wouldn’t It Be Nice and God Only Knows. The Beach Boys. 8. Fingertips Part 1 and Fingertips, Part 2.
I Don’t Know Why I Love You (But I Do) and My Cherie Amour.
Stevie Wonder, please.
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, I gotta go, yeah………
L.A. Parker is a – columnist. Find him on Twitter @LAParker6 or email him at LAParker@-.com.
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