Elections are brutal. It’s never easy selecting the most viable candidate for the office, especially when your options are between a college student and “Keggy the Kegger.” Pick your poison.
A Dartmouth College student awoke the morning after election day to discover that he had been elected his county’s register of probate, thanks to an impromptu write-in vote campaign by his fraternity brother. Alpha Delta senior Mick Wopinski faced a tough race in an election that had no listed candidates. His write-in opponents featured the president of Dartmouth, Philip Hanlon, and the incredibly qualified “Keggy the Kegger.”
Wopinski won with a margin of 20 votes, soundly beating every challenger.
Wopinski voted, but did not cast a vote for the post he now holds.
The newspaper reports the position was formerly a full-time job, but most of its duties were repealed and shifted to the circuit court clerk in 2011. Salary is $100 a year.
Wopinski says he’s researching what the job entails and still trying to decide whether he’ll accept the position.
“I don’t think my position is one that will have a whole lot of influence,” he told the Valley News.
Sadly, even if Wopinski accepts his new public office, his graduation in June disqualifies him from serving. He has bigger plans, which include working for a New York City investment bank following graduation. This, unfortunately, means he would no longer reside in Grafton County and it would effectively remove him from office..
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