Here is a feel good story for the day.
Dorothy Kellogg of Watertown, South Dakota, served in the state legislature during the 1980s and 90s. When the Democratic Party needed a placeholder to fill a ballot position until another candidate could be located, Kellogg volunteered. The only problem with that plan is that the proper paperwork never reached the Secretary of State’s office. Kellogg will remain on the ballot.
She is accepting her campaign and looks forward to serving if elected because when her term expires she “only be 94,” which she dismisses as no big thing.
“You know, when you’re 92 you don’t battle it. It’s just the way it is. And I would love to go back. It’s a place of good memories, few bad ones,” Kellogg said.
With an aging population, maybe these stories are going to become more common. On a practical level, Kellogg could play an important role serving South Dakota’s elderly population. Just her spunk to run for office is motivational in itself.
As inspiring as Kellogg’s story is, Hazel McCallion, the mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, is even more so. She is 91 and has been mayor since 1978. Mississauga is not some one-horse town either. Its 700,000 people make it Canada’s sixth most populous city.