New registrar candidate hopes to get ‘Lucky’
New registrar candidate hopes to get ‘Lucky’
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:27 PM EDT
By STEVE COLLINS
BRISTOL — The city’s two registrars are going to face Election Day competition after all.
Ajmal “Lucky” Mehdi, a 42-year-old convenience store owner, gathered more than 1,000 signatures to allow him to run an independent campaign to snatch one of the two registrar positions that have always been held by Democrats and Republicans.
Mehdi said he views his People Party campaign as something akin to “throwing a rock into the silent ocean. We want to create a wave” of reform that can start in Bristol and ultimately spread throughout the world.
He said that he’s aiming to “bring moral values and family values” into a political system that he sees as being in the grips of corrupt power brokers who are looking out for themselves rather than humanity as a whole.
Mehdi will face incumbent registrars Sharon Krawiecki and Mary Rydingsward on Nov. 6. Krawiecki is a Republican while Rydingsward, who won a primary battle last month, is a Democrat.
Mehdi said he likes both women and has no problem with the job they have done. He said his campaign “has nothing to do with them” personally.
He said, though, that independent voters — who make up 40 percent of the electorate — ought to control the registrar’s office instead of the major parties.
Mehdi said he would prefer to have one independent registrar in charge instead of a pair of registrars from dueling political parties, something that would require a change in state law. That would make it so elections “would be fair and clean” for everyone.
“I have high hopes that we can bring change,” Mehdi said as he stood behind the counter of his small downtown store.
Mehdi said he is convinced that we need to bring more morality to government to bring down the drug dealers, corrupt officials and others who are undermining society.
“The change has to be worldwide. It can begin here,” Mehdi said.
A native of Pakistan who once played soccer on a junior national team there, which let him travel through much of the Middle East, Mehdi said he came to the United States when he was still young because it was God’s will. He said he views America as “the role model” for the world but fears that it is slipping behind competitors such as China and India.
“If we do not change now, we will be suffering,” Mehdi said.
Mehdi said that if he wins one of the full-time registrar jobs, he would spend time helping small businesses around town with government paperwork when elections are not near.
Mehdi is married with two children.
He has lived in Bristol for two decades. He has an associate’s degree in patient care technology.
Steve Collins can be reached at (860) 584-0501
Written by humanfealty/human Faith
September 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm
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