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    • "Ain't hardly nothin' to do but hunker down till she blows herself out." The man squatted, "Rance, is the name. Been watchin' you, doin' a fine job. You'll do Wheeler, you'll do. Try and get some rest, might end up bein' a long night. Least you won't be ridin' drag come daylight, there's a plus for ya."   He stood and made his way to his shelter to await the grub that was coming.   @Bongo
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Kalispell Mayor Elections

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Mayoral Elections in Kalispell. Possible way for the Steelgraves to get a tighter grip on the town with their own candidate.


One thought is that Matt Wentworth as the hotel owner might be dragged into this which will hinder his other activities.  Also opens up the possibility of new major characters for future participants.


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All suggestions to which way this can go would be good.


Don't know what the town's situation is like or if it is big enough to have a mayor but it is something to think about for a future plot.

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Awesome idea!


We have mentioned a mayor in the past but it was just a single line. However, no name was given or anything. It was literally a mention in passing.


What about ignoring that and past mention, state there is a town manager but now they want to do a mayoral election with a formal town council?

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Mayor was a pretty common way towns were run back then, now more places use city managers. I like the idea of an election, yep.


BTW Clara thinks she would be the best person to be mayor, she is confident she could run things. 😁


Wait....what? There's some stupid age qualification???????  Sigh.

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Highly doubtful in that period that a woman would even be considered, but, since we have a woman deputy...why not?

As to the Steelgraves having a character run for the office, there is no established ncp under their control (ie: that writers would know but not suspect), Hell of an idea though.


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I would definitely agree it's too early in our nation's history to be having women run for mayor. They need to secure the right to vote yet and even then a long time passed before they started getting into political offices.


And I hope everyone realizes I was kidding about Clara.

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First Question: Would this include the men already in use, both active and NCP? I ask as I have a number of NCP's as you probably know. Yet only a couple I would be consider as fitting to run for office

Now, IF we were to allow NCP's and I would suggest only PNCP's which are not cowboys. Only a suggestion.

And another idea would be to have party candidates, using the party's of the period...or not,

We may have to whittle down the number tossing their hat in the ring by some method.

Just fuel for thought.

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Well, I think it can be NPCs or reg chars. I definitely agree it shouldn't be a cowboy though, I can't see them running. Unless maybe a retired one I suppose.

I also think it could be already existing chars (like Steelgraves) or brand new ones someone wants to make up.

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I agree wholeheartedly, Wayfarer. I do have one reservation about the Steelgraves though, They are disliked and certainly distrusted in Kalispell. The idea of a Steelgrave plant, that's a different story altogether.

But, we'll see what the boss lady has in mind

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While working on the wiki, I had a couple of ideas....well, okay, one.


I think it would be highly IC for a Steelgrave to run or put in a candidate of their choosing.


However, as I was looking for a way to retired Hannah's father (Marshal Scott Cory), how about I create a shared NPC bio on him and we field him as a candidate. He would have to step down as marshal and that leaves the way clear for Flip's Speed Guyer to step in as marshal. It would work out great all around.


Also, y'all, remember that while we're trying to keep historical events accurate, overall our setting is more cineverse wild west than strictly factual. We could have a lady mayor.


No, Clara, you are too young!

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I would be okay for Scott to run for mayor, it could also be a good way to have the Steelgraves try something against him for revenge. They might not want to kill a serving Marshal, but a civilian just running for mayor might be a tempting target for them after all the years of him probably thwarting their plans and being a big obstacle.

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Re-reading all this it dawned on me, Kalispel would then need a town council along with this newly minted mayor. Perhaps, another suggestion, those who run and lose could be appointed to the council by the winner.


Any thought to how the actual/fictional vote will be handled? In the spirit of the times a vote could be bought for a drink...just sayin'.

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Actually, I left a place open for town council on the Kalispell Claims page in our new Wiki.



As far as the votes buying goes and voting, if we're agreeing it will wind up being a specific character, we just have to account for things in our writing. If we decide to leave it to chance, we can do a dice roll on our Discord.

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Fair enough. It would greatly depend on the direction the story is going as well, especially where it might involve the mayor and city council. Tough call for the moment.

Ellias.jpg.e0ea27a8cc1c64a060ff1ed77bbb91ad.jpgBut I have a candidate in mind...bwahahahahahaha ech...cough. cough, snort

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