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Democrats jubiliant in Brazil city victory

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Even after the shouting had quieted and the cheering stopped, the supporters couldn't stop smiling during the Democratic victory celebration at the old junior high school last night.

Democrats captured five of the seven offices up for grabs. At the top of the slate was the mayor's seat. Challenger Tom Arthur defeated three term incumbent, Kenny Crabb by a large margin with 978 votes to 579.

Arthur's excitement and jubilation was obvious as he thanked his supporters and talked to reporters.

When asked about his teaching job at Northview High School Arthur replied, "I think I'm going to give it up. I've got big goals and big dreams. I'm going to have to be there (city hall) all day long. I'll finish this semester then work full time at the mayor's office."

Arthur was asked about how he would work with the current Parks Board.

"I'm going to give a generic answer concerning all boards and supervisors," Arthur answered. "Some will stay and some will be replaced. The Park Board has done a great job."

Arthur's wife, Penny, also a school teacher, was sitting nearby with the couple's one-year-old daughter, Tara. Little Tara was asked if she was happy that her daddy won.

"She's just oblivious." Penny said with a big grin. "Her mommy's a teacher and her daddy's the mayor. She won't be able to get away with anything."

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