(Barnard, Hyperial) Hyperial has announced that Dr. Elin Araad received 395 of the 400 votes from The Directorate, to win a second term as Mayor of Barnard. The race generated some news when the relatively-unknown Berl Rismore announced his candidacy and ran an unconventional campaign.
Rismore was not available for comment on the final results of the election.
(Solrain Core) TRI-SEC today released a statement from Commandant Solder Ronin on the recent apprehension of a Prosthetics smuggler:
On 118.3.23, a TRI Security officer on regular patrol stopped an scanned a pilot in Zealot’s Refuge. The pilot, Garrod Kelton, was found to be carrying 30 units of Prosthetics. He was immediately detained and his ship impounded.
During questioning, Mr. Kelton indicated that he had been contracted anonymously to move the Prosthetics from Klatsches Hold to Lothars Landing in exchange for for 11 units of platinum (about 500,000 credits). He claims to have picked up the cargo from a storage container on Klatches Hold and did not know who would be receiving the contraband at Lothars. He did indicated that when initially contracted, he was told that the significant proceeds of the transaction would be used to help fund the Rismore campaign in Hyperial, but we have been unable to ascertain any concrete ties to Mr. Rismore or anyone else in his campaign organization.
Mr. Kelton is a citizen of Solrain and is being turned over to the STCC for appropriate prosecution. If we receive any other pertinent details that can be released under Solrain law, we will make them public.
We will continue out vigilant patrols in an attempt to disrupt all Prosthetics trade and request the cooperation of all law-abiding pilots.
(UUNN HQ) A pilot apprehended and detained today by TRI-SEC for having a number of Prosthetics in cargo, is rumored to have ties to Berl Rismore, a candidate in next week’s election for Hyperial’s Mayor of Barnard. We have been unable to get formal statements from either TRI-SEC or the Rismore Campaign.
TRI-SEC has increased its “stop-and-scan” patrols recently due to an upsurge in Prosthetics trafficking.
(Barnard, Hypsos) The office of President Drago Maximilian released a Presidential Statement today regarding recent campaign claims made by Berl Rismore.
Since Mr. Rismore has taken it upon himself to campaign to the galaxy rather than focusing on the electors in The Directorate, I feel the need to set the record straight. Perhaps a century or so ago the position of Mayor of Barnard was actually about running a city, but since that time the duties — if not the title — have evolved significantly. The Mayor of Barnard is one of my very closest advisers, especially as it relates to trade and relations with the other entities and factions. So it is not very “odd” that other factions or corporations might take an interest in who occupies that office. It is not some dark, dirty secret. I guess time will tell whether the electors and the financial backers feel that Mr. Rismore is up to a job of that magnitude. I do not.
(UUNN HQ) An anonymous poll conducted by UUNN show Berl Rismore, the unexpected challenger in the race for Mayor of Barnard, could garner at least 28% of the votes from his colleagues in The Directorate. The position of Mayor of Barnard, like all other major offices in Hyperial, is elected exclusively by the 400-members of The Directorate.
When Rismore initially announced his candidacy, the general opinion was that he would get a single-digit percentage of the vote at best. The incumbent Mayor, Dr. Elin Araad, has yet to do any public campaigning for her re-election, and was probably not expecting the need to do so.
Berl Rismore, the son of long-time Directorate member Eldrid Rismore, has run a very non-traditional campaign, taking his message beyond The Directorate and even beyond the Hyperial public — into very open, very public forums.
(Hyperial Station) In a somewhat surprising late development, Berl Rismore, formerly a Senior Project Director at Samsun Universal, has decided to throw his hat into the ring as a candidate for Mayor of Barnard in the upcoming election to be held on 118.4.1.
Rismore recently became a member of The Directorate when he was chosen to assume the seat for his recently-deceased father. His decision to challenge Dr. Elin Araad, who had been running unopposed, has caused a political stir. He has launched his campaign using non-traditional media that breaks with Hyperial tradition in keeping all political debate private to Hyperial.
With little experience and almost no political capital, Rismore is not expected to pose much of a challenge to the incumbent.