Reading some local New Year resolutions in the Southern Illinoisan, I was struck by Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole's statement: “My resolution is to get married. But first I have to find somebody, fall in love and then get engaged. But I guess I have 12 months."
Not much time, when you consider the next three-four months will be consumed with City business (such as tonight's Liquor Advisory Board meeting) and campaigning for re-election. To help the Mayor out, an Ad Hoc "Committee to Get the Mayor Married" should be organized -- with representatives of bridal shops, wedding photographers, reception halls, and others -- to screen candidates for a speed date with the busy Cole.
A "Marry the Mayor" web site might help the process. ;-)
Brad Cole has been informed of this effort on his behalf. Surprised that anyone would take such an interest in his love life, he said he would consider a date on Town Square and maybe hike in Giant City, but wouldn't promise to actually marry someone who enters the essay contest. Since it's his resolution for the new year, he couldn't rule it out, either.