Ohio Mayoral Race Pits Brother Against Brother
Not surprisingly, they don't see each other much at family get-togethers
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2011 12:52 PM CDT
It's brother vs. brother in a small Ohio town election.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – One reason it may not be a good idea to run against your brother for mayor: The political mud-slinging includes some odd details, like whether you regularly attend family functions. Councilman James Krumnow has been skipping family gatherings lately, brother Lowell says—perhaps because James recently decided to run against Lowell Krumnow, the current mayor of Elmore, Ohio (pop. 1,500). “I didn’t go to the last two Christmas parties at his house because … I didn’t want to get into any political discussions,” James explains to Politico. “We don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. I’m very cautious and don’t like to spend money and stuff.”

Lowell, 54, has served as mayor since 1992. James, 58, is a first-term councilman—and “he has probably missed more meetings in the two years he’s been a councilmember than I have missed in 20 years,” Lowell complains. Lowell learned about James’ surprise challenge from an employee; he says the brothers grew apart after starting their own families. But both are Republican—although James says he’s more conservative—and both agree that politics in Washington, DC, are flawed. Both also, not surprisingly, think they’ll win in the November election. Explains James, “People see me in town more and I do support the town’s small businesses more as far as when I’m buying my gasoline, eating at restaurants, getting my hair cut.” (And in other entertaining political news...)