Nobody has shaken up this year's contentious Keene mayoral election by filing his candidacy before the 'major' candidates this morning at the city clerk's office in downtown Keene. It was an unusual scene today, as I was also in attendance with Nobody and former mayoral candidate Robert Call. For those unfamiliar with the process, when the City of Keene opens its filing window at 8am, there's always a line of the most punctual candidates. I predicted I'd see current city councilor and 2019 mayoral candidate Mitch Greenwald there waiting and a few others, and I was right. Greenwald in fact had a large number of supporters present, at least 20 inside city hall, many wearing Greenwald campaign shirts. Even more supporters were gathered two doors down at Luca's for a campaign breakfast.
[Vote for Nobody sign found on the internet.]
Nobody shook hands with Greenwald and informed him of his intention to run for mayor of Keene. Greenwald responded positively by saying Nobody's campaign was "needed" explaining that it would bring levity to what so far has been a very serious race between Greenwald and another sitting city councilor, George Hansel. Nobody is a previous tenant of Greenwald, who is a successful local realtor who also managers a large number of rental properties in town.
This election year has been unusual, at least in the several municipal election cycles I've observed. Though the filing window for candidates just opened today and ends on September 10th, Greenwald and Hansel announced their intentions to run months ago, and signs started popping up for both candidates in a heated visibility campaign unlike anything I've seen in Keene elections thus far.
[Nobody, then Rich Paul, released from jail for selling cannabis.]
Though anyone else registered to vote in Keene is certainly able to file for $5 at city hall, it's possible the two councilors' expensive mayoral campaigns could be upset by the political newcomer. Excluding Nevada where "none of the above" is a non-binding choice on ballots, this may be the first time anyone anywhere has ever been able to truly vote for Nobody. Nobody's campaign may even excite people who have quit voting or have never voted into actually showing up at the polls.
Anything's possible with Nobody.
Nobody is a longtime Keene resident that loves cannabis, cryptocurrency, and freedom. He's a blogger here at Free Keene and has also launched a campaign website at ElectNobody.com. Follow him there or watch for updates here, but definitely stay tuned to the hottest and likely most entertaining mayoral race in Keene for years!
Oh, and in case you doubt his name is really Nobody, here's the less-than-four-minute probate court hearing from July where it was officially changed from his old name of Rich Paul: