By night, Wendy Casey and her son Randall are just a mother and son living under the same roof. But by day are political competitors in the town of Dixmoor, Illinois.
On Tuesday, Wendy and her son will run against each other to be the town's next mayor. If either Casey wins they would be taking a job overseeing a town in dire financial straits, with extensive problems making payroll payments and even finding the money to fill the gas tanks of its squad cars. This morning, Wendy Casey joins “Starting Point” to discuss what it is like running against her son for office and some of the issues Dixmoor is facing.
Four years ago after the re-election of the current mayor, Wendy Casey says she decided to run for office and two years prior her son Randall decided to run for trustee as a write-in candidate but didn’t win. She says although Randall knew she was running it was not really until September that she “really knew that he was serious when he began to start collecting signatures.”
In the house that they share Casey says it's been difficult. The 45-year-old candidate says she and her son usually “just say good morning and good evening [but] this morning, I actually told him good morning, and good luck, and may the best woman win.”
After the polls close today Casey says she and her son will “be okay.” Although for their town “it has gotten to the point where residents...do not want to come out and vote because they are not trusting the current elected officials,” she says.