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October 27, 2006

Jim Lemons wants your vote--if you can find him

Transcript Staff Writer

The Jim Lemons political campaign is pretty low key.

There's no television.

There's no radio.

No newspaper ads.

Public appearances are scarce.

Heck, if you attended Lemons' last press conference, consider yourself among the chosen few. Finding the Lemons headquarters isn't easy, either. Granted, there are yard signs and stickers scattered throughout Norman, but Lemons and his staff are very difficult to locate.

There is a campaign spokesman.

And yes, there's also a Web site.

But a vote for Jim Lemons is, well, pretty much impossible.

Because Jim Lemons doesn't exist.

At least not in the flesh.

The brainchild of Norman residents Tres Savage and Josh McBee, the Jim Lemons campaign is a statement; a protest, Savage says, "about the deplorable electoral process Oklahomans have gotten themselves into."

And that protest has become a local legend.

With curious phone calls to The Transcript and questions from seasoned political obser-vers and other candidates, the Lemons campaign has grown far beyond a few yard signs and a Web site.

It has quickly become part of the local political landscape.

And that landscape, Savage says, needs to be shaken up.

As the editor of the University of Oklahoma's student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, Savage has covered his share of politicians; and it's their behavior, along with the process of getting elected, which bothers him.

"This is personal," Savage said.

"It has nothing to do with my job. It's a protest about ugly political process and how people are being misled." A former intern and Transcript reporter, Savage is no stranger to politics or protests.

And while some protesters choose to rally, march and sing or boycott whatever entity they disagree with, that's not Savage's or McBee's style.

Both are journalists -- college journalists.

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