Local elections this time. Every town elected a new mayor and a municipal/city council. And why should you give a sh*t? Well, because some cyclists and cycling-related people decided to stand for election. Some had more success than others. You'll find the list below the electoral threshold.
Need something to kill time:
Let's start off with the liberal party in Erpe Mere. Have a look at this picture. Focus on the guy on the left.... remember the face? It's former QS-rider Kevin Van Impe.
Yes, 520 votes are enough to get him a spot in the municipal council.
Husband's away often and need something to kill time
Jasmine Vangrieken (you'll have to scroll down a bit), the name may not ring a bell, but when I say she's Johan Vansummeren's girlfriend, you probably know who I'm talking about. She's a member of the socialist party in Lommel and she already was a member of the council in the last six years.
Yes, 959 people voted for her. Enough to renew her spot in the city council for another six years.
Politicians deserve a bidon in the face!
Tom Steels, winner of nine stages in the Tour de France and now member of the socialist party in Sint-Niklaas.
386 votes, not enough to get elected.
And finally... the surprise of these elections:
Kevin (BCS!) Seeldraeyers aka Seelie! We all know this guy, but in case you want to know more about him, go check out his profile on the site of the Christian democrats in Maldegem. It gives us some interesting info on Seeldraeyers as a person and this and political ideology:
Besides cycling, computer games are my biggest hobby.
Municipal Politics is to me a bit like cycling: working at the service of the team in order to achieve objectives collectively.
His focus on local politics probably explains his poor results in the last two years.
No, only 301 votes for him. Not enough to get elected. Maybe Maldegem's got too many VDS players and they're all pissed off at him for scoring not enough VDS points.
So, any thoughts on (retired) athletes in politics?