Card causes social media uproar

Mayor's wife sends not-so-nice post-election greeting

FAIRBURY, Ill. - FAIRBURY -- One small town's politics became big news on social media.

After one candidate for mayor lost the election, she got a not-so-nice card in the mail. Since she posted it on Facebook Thursday night, it's been shared hundreds of times, and it's not hard to see why.

This time of year, you might expect a 99-cent greeting card in the mail wishing you a "Happy Easter".

Unless you're Kaci Zimmerman.

"I saw it, and I thought, well I'm pretty sure it's not something positive," says Zimmerman, "I sat down by myself on the porch and just took it in."

The card said: "Way to go! We knew there weren't that many stupid people in town to get you elected mayor. Too bad. Judy Dameron."

"I haven't spoken to her since we were in high school," says Zimmerman, "She was my high school foods teacher."

The card from Fairbury mayor Lynn Dameron's wife arrived in Zimmerman's mailbox more than a week after the election. Zimmerman ran for mayor, but only got 20 percent of the vote. She says she wanted the office to make her local government more transparent-- but by this time, had accepted her loss.

"To me, the card is significant because it brings out a bigger picture," says Zimmerman, "What is going on? What goes on in a local government that we don't know?"

Zimmerman says there's a history of disagreement between her and the current elected officials. A few years back, she sued the city, claiming she was wrongfully fired as the city clerk because she was trying to be a whistleblower. That case was settled out of court.

But the court of public opinion is still in session. Zimmerman's post about the card has been shared more than 300 times. Not everyone agrees she should have posted it to Facebook. Either way, she's getting plenty of support now, no matter how many "stupid people" may have cost her the election.

"It made me feel good that there's people out there that wanted to stop it," she says.

We reached out to current mayor Lynn Dameron and his wife over phone and email. We didn't hear back. A few minutes after we contacted her, Judy Dameron did post an apology on her personal Facebook page.

It says, 

"I would like to publicly apologize to Kaci Zimmerman in regards to the insensitive letter I sent her. It was a lapse in judgment and I am deeply regretful for my actions. I would also like to apologize to the citizens of Fairbury and my husband, who had no prior knowledge of this action nor would he have condoned it. As a life long resident, and having spent many years as a teacher and politician's wife, you deserve much better than this behavior I have displayed. I am so sorry to have disappointed so many, and I will strive to project positively moving forward."


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