Ketchum mayoral candidate Dan Stein wants to get down—circus style.
Acknowledging that politics can be a "circus" and a "low-down and dirty game," Stein will be providing some comic relief with his own unique voter registration party in Ketchum's industrial area Friday night.
"Politics can be a low-down and dirty game, especially once the mudslinging begins," said Stein, who announced his candidacy earlier this month. "Well, I think it's high time that the voters got the chance to sling a little mud of their own for a change."
Stein's serious. In addition to circus music, free food, music and dancing, buckets of mud will be provided to voters interested in hurling mud at Stein in his booth.
"You so often hear that politicians are takers and not givers," Stein said. "I want to help change all that by throwing a fun registration party, where you can register to vote and then go dance your pants off.
"Sometimes, to get out the vote, you need to get down."
The registration party is Friday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 115C Northwood Way, at the corner of Northwood Way and Lewis Street. Unregistered voters are asked to bring a valid photo I.D. and an official document upon which their physical addresses are printed, such as a rent receipt or utility bill (P.O. boxes won't be accepted). Registered voters are welcome as well.
"I think the voters need to have a good time, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure they do," says Stein.
Stein invited other candidates on the Ketchum ballot to participate in the voters registration effort.
A political newcomer, Stein joins four other mayoral hopefuls on Ketchum's Nov. 8 ballot. They include incumbent Mayor Ed Simon, City Council President Randy Hall, former council member Maurice Charlat and Mickie Garcia, a perennial candidate and political activist.
On the City Council ballot Anne Corrock, a Ketchum Planning and Zoning commissioner, and Nan Emerick, a former City Councilwopman, are challenging the two incumbent council members Ron Parsons and Baird Gourlay in the municipal election.
Dan Stein's voter registration party is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 115C Northwood Way in Ketchum. The event will feature free food, circus music, dancing and mudslinging.