Contributing Editors

NC Self Storage Owner Changing Shape of Local Politics

by John Stevens July 15, 2010 10:35 PM
A High Point, North Carolina real estate and self storage owner has emerged as a driving force in local politics and an upcoming local election, even though he is not running for office himself. Sanders Dallas III, of Winston-Salem, runs a real estate and self storage business in the same space that once housed his father’s furniture store. Recently, Dallas organized a group of businesspeople from the High Point business community to discuss ways to improve the local economy. While the group has no formal name, many members refer to it as “Comeback High Point,” after the book Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility, by David Walker. (Walker is an author who works to raise awareness about the U.S. economy and current national debt.) [More]

Niagara Falls Man Lists Self Storage Unit as Residence in Order to Join Mayoral Race

by John Stevens July 5, 2010 2:33 PM
The rules regarding who can run in the election for mayor of a town are much the same in most of the world’s democracies. Elections laws customarily require that candidates live in the town, be of a certain age, be a citizen of the country in which the town is located, etc. The rules are not much different in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada. But a man who lives in nearby Niagara Falls has found a way to bend them. He has rented a St. Catharine’s self storage unit and has listed it as his residence in St. Catharine’s, allowing him to enter the St. Catharine’s mayoral race. [More]