One of the things Zoey looked forward to doing in fifth grade was to run for Student Body Treasurer. The office seemed the perfect fit for a girl who spends many a happy evening counting her money. But before class elections it became apparent that several of her friends also dreamed of being treasurer. She asked around and no one she knew was running for president. So she decided to give it a try. She did such an aggressive campaign asking for votes, that when they had class elections no on else ran against her. She didn't even have to give her speech. She now has till Nov. 2 to convince the rest of fifth grade as well as 3rd and 4th graders to vote for her.
Now for a little political analysis of the competition. She has two other competitors. First, Annie from her girl scout troop. This will divide two important voting sectors: her girl scout troop and the girl vote. Her other opponent is Malachi. A boy in her primary class and a good family friend. Now the Mormon vote is split too. Not that it was a very big vote to begin with --there are only three Mormons in 5th grade. And three more in 3rd and 4th. But she was hoping to have other kids from church in lower grades campaign for her. As elementary politics go, its considered a given that Malachi has the boy vote. Yesterday he was walking down the halls at church with his shoes tied together. You would think that it would be easy to beat a boy like that, but I'm afraid--considering his constituency--that's just the thing that will push him ahead in the polls.
Today she will come home with the campaign rules and then we will develop a campaign strategy and then we will begin the frenzied cycle of fundraiser dinners and campus rallies. At least Zoey really does enjoy kissing babies.