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Some random takeaways from Tuesday’s election. First, think of all the good that might have been done with money that rolled into Frank “Not A Chance” Edwards’ campaign. The only way he was gonna win was if Mayor James “Sunny Jim” Langfelder either died suddenly or was caught on video performing unnatural acts with goats. And even then. Edwards, who got steamrollered four years ago in a quest to become city treasurer, promised he’d work his tail off this time around. There was no sign of that. Heck, he didn’t even know who’d written a purported study on the city’s water needs that he waved around during a Hindenburg disaster disguised as a press conference. When you behave like Sen. Joe McCarthy, you deserve what you get, and if we were union members, we’d be asking why so much of our money was flushed down an obvious toilet. It was a good day for Democrats, but not necessarily the chosen ones. Besides Langfelder, who got snubbed by the party, Gail “Lazarus” Simpson proved that hard work and reputations matter more than money and party endorsements. Many pegged her an also-ran, but behind on election night by just one vote, she could end up the winner when provisional ballots are tallied. In Ward 8, wise guys said Dean “I Love Construction” Graven couldn’t lose – the ward leans GOP, after all, and he’s a Republican. But Erin “Save Cornfields” Conley prevailed with her message that sprawl isn’t good for anyone. The establishment should take notice. Money and endorsements help, but they aren’t everything, especially compared with good candidates and shoe leather.