There are less than six hours left to vote in Round 2 of The Beehive’s ValleyWho contest, and the closest race is between The Waving Lady, who has a narrow 52-48 lead over poet Gary Soto. The contest has drawn more than 2,600 registered users, and voters have taken an obvious shine to Ms. Lady, who as a No. 16 seed knocked off former mayor Alan Autry. Who says pressing the flesh (or at least waving at it) doesn’t pay off?
Polls close at 8 p.m. for ValleyWho, the Beehive’s March Madness-style game that will wind up crowning our favorite local icon. (For those who don’t know about ValleyWho, here’s a quick link to all you need to know.)
Among the late developments:
RYAN BEATTY VS. STEVE PERRY: Beatty, the young Internet singing sensation, has been creeping up on the former lead singer of Journey all day. Perry is leading right now at 53% of the vote. At one point, Beatty was in the low 30s against Perry, but he overcame a similar deficit in the first round. Will his fans come through?
CHRIS COLFER VS. TRENT DILFER: This race appears to be tightening as well. Colfer, the “Glee” star, is up with 57% of the vote, but former Fresno State quarterback Dilfer has been narrowing his lead all day.
THEODORE KUCHAR VS. ARTHUR DYSON: At one point, architect Dyson was leading Kuchar, the conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic, by a comfortable 10-point margin, but that lead has narrowed to a 51-49 advantage.
DAN PESSANO VS. LORENZO NEAL: It looks like Pessano, the Good Company Players godfather, could be in trouble. Neal, the football star, is leading 56-44.
In a published letter to the editor this morning, Jane M. Cleave writes:
In your recent list of our Central San Joaquin Valley’s favorite folks (which was great!), it surprised and distressed me and others not to see the name of Larry Balakian in that group of fine and talented citizens. He is one of our most energetic and selfless promoters of Fresno’s and our Valley’s worthy causes.
He has brought many celebrities to Fresno and always elevates what is good and remarkable about the people and attractions in the area.
He has loyally served our community for many years and is an enthusiastic promoter of Fresno State University and its fine programs in the arts. Larry Balakian’s contributions to our community are to be celebrated.
The campaigning and chatter on the Internets — good, bad and otherwise.