““I ran to be a threat to the status quo, and I expected a degree of concern from those who’ve profited from the status quo,” said Zidek, a medical reinsurance executive. “People elected me and Kevin because they know we ran for the right reasons.”
Victory in November seemed improbable at the outset. They were two wealthy businessmen throwing their hats into a county whose ruling party has long been propped up by organized labor and patronage jobs. Against that backdrop, they scored a tight victory against an incumbent who’s spent decades as a union steamfitter and his running mate, a retired district judge.
Longtime county watchdogs say council meetings – held at 10 a.m. every other Wednesday – used to be lightly attended and quick to end, with nary a “no” vote. Now, the meetings stretch sometimes upward of an hour, with discussion and debate common.”