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Sep 8, 2006 9:07 pm US/Central

What's In A Name? Possibly A Few Primary Votes.

Pat Kessler

(WCCO) St. Paul The state Primaries are on Tuesday. And, when it comes to the race, there's more to a name than you think.

Obi Sium is a serious candidate for the 4th Congressional District, an Eritrean American, and a strong advocate of Republican policy. When he meets voters, Sium gives them a name to remember.

"My name is actually very helpful," said Sium. "They just go, 'Obi! Obi-wan!' you know?"

The problem is the name of the other Republican candidate on the ballot -- Jack Shepard.

"When people go to the voting booth, they have two unknown people, but one has a familiar name -- Jack Shepard," said Sium. "So I'm afraid that people might just vote Jack Shepard."

WCCO-TV took an informal "pre-exit" poll and found that, if you are a local voter who doesn't know anything about either candidate, you may be more likely to vote for a candidate with a name that sounds, well, more Minnesotan.

Jack Shepard is running a very visible campaign from distant Italy over the Internet. One possible reason for this unusual tactic is the fact that if he returns to Minnesota he'll be arrested on an old arson charge.

This name game has happened before. In 1994, perennial candidate Sharon Anderson won the Republican nomination for Attorney General. Some voters thought she was Sharon Anderson the local television host.

Obi Sium is philosophical, saying his fugitive opponent has as much a right to to run as he does.

"I'm never angry or anything like that. I'm happy for him that we have a democracy and that he can do that," said Sium. "I'm just elated that he could do that."

By the way, Sharon Anderson's running for attorney general again this year. Not the former television host, that is, but rather the frequent candidate. She's in the Republican primary against another strong Scandinavian name -- Jeff Johnson.


Blogger Bob said...

You no what, I don't care if Sharon isn't a full fledged attorney. She's not a liar or cheat!She would have legal advisers to help.

She cares about low income people, the homeless, and property rights.

I have made a promise to Sharon I will pass out campaign literature for her free of charge nearing election time.

If any one else that shares our concerns would consider running for city or state office, I will do the same for you

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sharon has my vote.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have talked to this woman many times and to know that she would be looking out for my interests as a citizen who expects my rights be upheld would be a breath of fresh air.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Cinnamon said...

count this as vote number 5 Sharon

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are exactly what the city needs, someone who cares about the well being of each and every individual of the city, not just the one that have money. You have proven to care about the ones that need to be cared about and protected. As always I wish you the best.

Nancy (formerly of St.Paul)

9:34 AM  

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