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Are Local Politics a Trick or a Treat? The Messenger Asks Local Politicians To Share Their Halloween Secrets

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Perhaps the one thing Democrats, Republicans and Independents can agree on is that it has been a scary election season. For our Halloween issue, we asked a handful of candidates and elected officials about their tricks and their treats. It isn’t hard-nosed journalism, but we sure learned a lot about our local politicians holiday spirits and their inner superheroes.


Lindsey B. Gillette, 
Cave Junction City Council, Position 2

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween? Or, is there a favorite treat you have given or received over the years for Halloween?

I make sure there are chocolate choices AND fruity choices. I’m a big costume person. I’ve been known to outfit friends without a costume. My favorite was dressing up the fiddler of a string band as Dr. Frank-N.-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was a treat to see him out of his element!

Have you ever “tricked” someone for Halloween? Are you willing to share what that was—and why? 

I love jokes. I hate tricks. So, here’s a joke: What is a vampire’s favorite fruit? A nectarine!

What is your most clever or scary costume for Halloween?

I like to mix it up from scary, classic and kid friendly, and silly. Captain Flemmy McLoog – The Pirate. June Cleaver – A Stepford Wife. Peter Pan

 

treatsValerie Lovelace, Grants Pass City Council, Ward 2

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween? Or, is there a favorite treat you have given or received over the years for Halloween?

Being a mother of four, and a teacher for 28 years, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I have students who come to my house for treats year after year, and now I am blessed to meet their children! My favorite treats have always involved chocolate, but I always try to have treats for younger children as well.

Have you ever “tricked” someone for Halloween? Are you willing to share what that was—and why? 

My idea of tricking involves “startling” trick or treaters with dancing ghosts or sound activated characters. I love seeing the fascination in the faces of the young.

What is your most clever or scary costume for Halloween?

My bee costume was a fun costume I wore to promote our Positive Behavior program encourage students to  Bee Respectful…Bee Responsible…. and Bee Safe. I also loved to read-a-loud The Witches by Roald Dahl.

 

James “Jim” Crary, Democratic Candidate for Oregon’s Congressional District 2

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween?

None, because in the 10 years we have lived in our home we have never had one trick or treater. When we lived in Anchorage I used to go to Costco and buy a couple of hundred full sized candy bars to give out. I did that because as a kid back in Fargo, North Dakota, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I would walk until my legs ached and I always loved going to the Grady’s house because they always gave out full sized candy bars.

Have you ever “tricked” someone for Halloween?

No, I have always just done the “treating” part of Halloween and left the “tricks” part to others.

What is your most clever or scary costume for Halloween?  

Not sure it was clever or scary but, in 1979, up in Alaska I dressed up in drag for a Halloween party. There were lots of police officers there and they all thought it was quite funny. Since then I have pretty much been either manning the door and handing out treats or taking my kids out trick or treating.

 

 

Margaret Miller, Cave Junction City Council, Position 2

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween? Or, is there a favorite treat you have given or received over the years for Halloween?

I am making treat bags this year with mini candy bars, MnM’s, dumdum pops, etc. We always make popcorn balls for the family.

Have you ever “tricked” someone for Halloween? Are you willing to share what that was—and why?

I don’t usually trick, but I have a couple funnies to tell…I had a little boy just walk right into my house because my scare crow sitting on the porch had a sign saying open until 9 pm. I guess he thought I was the candy store! I also play scary music to set the scene, one small child was afraid to come to the door.

What is your most clever or scary costume for Halloween? And, can you share a photo of yourself in a Halloween costume?

I could not find any pictures to send of costumes, but I love carving pumpkins.

 

Lily Morgan, Josephine County Commissioner Candidate, Position 3

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween? Or, is there a favorite treat you have given or received over the years for Halloween?

Every Halloween, we gather at my mom’s house. She and her cousin make several batches of chili, corn muffins with honey butter, and cider. We invite all of our family and friends to come over some time during their evening to get a bowl of chili.  It’s always quite festive.  We pass out full sized candy bars that we get from Costco.

Have you ever “tricked” someone for Halloween? Are you willing to share what that was—and why?

I don’t like “tricks” on Halloween, mainly because our neighborhood lost several animals on Halloween when I was a kid. It was a sad reminder of how cruel some folks can be.

 

James Rafferty, Josephine County Clerk/Recorder

I do not have a Halloween story to tell. You probably would not print what I think about observing the most demonized event of the year.  

 

Mary Theresa Wertz, Grants Pass City Council, Ward 1

What is your most clever or scary costume for Halloween?

I am always a witch, one year I was a Witchy bag lady. One year, I had bells palsy and had a smoke on one side and a frown on the other. That was no treat.

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween? Or, is there a favorite treat you have given or received over the years for Halloween?

I have whole wheat fig bars to give out. My favorite thing to do on Halloween is to sit in the window at Thai Barbecue and watch the parade of dragons, princesses, black cats, ghosts and all manner of amusing costumes pass by while enjoying birthday dinner with a loved one or two.

 

Greg Lemhouse, City of Ashland Councilmember

What “treats” do you plan to give out this Halloween? Or, is there a favorite treat you have given or received over the years for Halloween?

We will be giving full sized candy bars out.  Halloween should be a guilt free, non-calorie counting day for kids.  We give them out because as a kid running through the neighborhoods of North Salem on Halloween, I still remember the house that would give us the full sized candy bars and how excited we were to get them (The trick for us is to buy at the last minute and hope that they are all gone that night or my boys and I tend to “graze” on the leftovers much more than we should…..).

Have you ever “tricked” someone for Halloween? Are you willing to share what that was—and why?

I would never admit to using toilet paper to wrap our friends’ houses on Halloween while in high school. Nor would I admit to using Saran wrap to completely encase my brother’s car while he was at his girlfriend’s house……

And, finally, we are very much hoping to share some of the candidates Halloween costumes. What is your most clever or scary costume for Halloween? And, can you share a photo of yourself in a Halloween costume? 

No photos (thankfully), but I remember how excited my brother Mark and I were about our new Underoos (Mark was Captain America. I was Aquaman). We insisted that our mom let us trick-or-treat in them as our costumes. So off we went, ages seven and nine, with mom trick-or-treating in our underwear. I also remember it being very cold…..

 

Martin Kamenski, Challenger for City of Ashland Council, Position # 3

Treats: I’m partial to chocolate and peanut butter… my oldest daughter Mia always knows she’ll put a smile on her dad’s face if she can bring home a Reese’s peanut butter cup in her pumpkin. As for what we’ll be giving out at home and downtown for the parade, we’re getting creative to find fun Halloween toys for the kids that aren’t interested in or can’t have candy. I think it’s important to consider everyone’s needs.

Tricks: I have never had to trick anyone for Halloween—probably very fortunate that way. But last year after seven or eight different kids knocked on my door absolutely positive they were at “Little Bill’s house” for a party, I was positive someone was playing a trick on me…

Costumes: My costumes are so boring! I’m usually something decidedly dad-like: a football fan, a Harley biker… all things that were easy to manage. With two girls that are four and another that’s ten, my energy usually goes into making sure that they have a fun Halloween experience. 

 

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