Former Congressman Wins Mayoral Race
McCALL, Idaho (AP) _ John J. Allen Jr., an 88-year-old former five-term congressman from Oakland, Calif., has won the mayor’s race in this Central Idaho town.
Allen, who served as undersecretary of commerce and transportation during the Eisenhower administration, defeated Shirley Potter, 352-174, to succeed Clyde Archer in a 59 percent turnout Tuesday.
″Well, you know, some people came to me and said, ’Why don’t you run?‴ Allen said. ″I thought it was a good idea so I went ahead and did it.″
Allen also served on the Oakland Board of Education for 20 years and moved to McCall 17 years ago after vacationing here.
″McCall is just a real nice place,″ he said. ″Once I got here, I never left.″