Gervais residents bullish on voting
A couple dozen Gervais residents lined Douglas Avenue in front of the high school with signs and reminders to vote. They were especially partial to one Gervais mayoral candidate, Andrea (Annie) Gilland.
The get-out-and-vote scene was stacked with multiple generations. The yougest spent considerable time applying colorful chalk designs on the sidewalk, while others brandished signs encouraging the vote.
A Wilco semitruck rolled through the late-afternoon spectacle and blared its bass horn in approval, as did many other vehicles.
Gervais City Council candidate Pamela Foreman joined the gathering. She and Gilland are mutially supportive in their civic-service goals. Many others who stopped in on foot were treated with a slice of tasty spiced pumpkin cake.
"It is really touching and humbling that these people would all come out here in support of my candidacy," Gilland said.
Gilland's interest in serving is derived partly from legacy: Her father, Ronald Foote, served as the town's mayor in the late 1990s. Joining Gilland at the rally were her husband, Keith, and mother, Sandra Foote Gregory.
"We need to see more things like this in Gervais," she added. "Gervais needs to keep its small-town feel, and it is nice to see the kids and the adults out here enjoying a gathering."
In a mail-in voting state, the gathering could be classified as an 11th-hour one. But while voting advocates advise that it may be too late to actually post or mail a ballot with assurance of it being counted, it is absolutely not too late to put it in a local dropbox, such as at Gervais City Hall.
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