That would be the logical headline if one local weekly publication was to write a story about Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain's 35-day campaign finance report filed a couple weeks ago.
At least that is what one would think after reading the publication's most recent anonymous commentary lamenting non-Huntersville residents expressing interest in the town's mayoral race.
When the anonymous columnist took potshots at citizens, he/she described them as people "who don’t live in the town they are targeting, meddling in an election with which they have no claim to stake and are clearly actively engaged in attempting to influence."
Ironically, while this local paper seemingly wrote the piece in defense of Mayor Swain, one could certainly say the same about the vast majority of the money donated to Mayor Swain's campaign a little more than a month out from Election Day. This election cycle, $2700 out of $2800 donated to the campaign has come from people who don't live in Huntersville.
I guess those donors are trying to unduly influence the Huntersville race, right?!?!?
In truth, saying that would be about as silly as the comments coming from that local publication.
Of course almost all politicians and campaigns have supporters and opponents coming from outside their jurisdictions. Of course those people have a right to their opinions.
That is doubly true in the North Mecklenburg area where our multiple municipalities have overlapping interests, share state legislative districts, participate in numerous regional bodies together, and regularly strive to act as a cohesive unit to counter the influence of the Big City to our south.
The Citizens of all Lake Norman area towns certainly do have an interest in who is elected in all of our towns. That's because the decisions made by those officials impact all of us.
There is another headline one could also use after looking at the Mayor's campaign report. "Is Mayor Swain mailing it in this election cycle?" would also be appropriate. That's because her report shows a whopping 3 donors and zero expenditures.
That's a shockingly small number when compared to Swain's previous runs. Certainly, the mayor has more than a few supporters left, but one has to wonder at that low number.
As we head into the final stretch of this campaign season, we can expect a few more surprises. Activists from across the region working to impact the top spot in the region's biggest town shouldn't be one of them.
Bonus Observation: The local paper also scoffed at those outsiders meddling in the Huntersville election as members of a closed "echo chamber" on Facebook so they were preaching to the choir - implying they were somewhat irrelevant. As a frame of reference, the Exit 28 Ridiculousness Facebook group has over 4500 members. Only a little over 9400 votes were cast in the Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson mayoral races combined in 2013. Considering that the vast majority of this group lives in one of these three towns, rather than being irrelevant it may very well be the deciding factor this time around.