Rob decides to speak at a public meeting to oppose a new shopping center development on the site of an existing park. Impressed by Rob's speech and by him as a man, Doug, who is his friend and a current city councilor, and Mr. Howard, a businessman who works on a committee for better local government, want Rob to run for city council. Once Rob and Laura recover from the shock of the request, they decide that Rob will at least speak further to them about the possibility, with him leaning more toward running. At the planning meeting with Doug and Mr. Howard among others, Rob finds out that there is a lot of politics involved, about which he is not too happy. Both he and Laura also find out that everyone in New Rochelle wants something, whether it be big, small, crazy or insignificant, from their local politicians. But Rob still wants to do some public good. As Rob teeters on the fence, guilt in not being civic minded enough may sway his decision, unless he can find a good excuse not to ... Written by
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The title is based on a statement issued by President Calvin Coolidge about his further presidential aspirations: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928." See more
During the election - when Laura says, "You're still ahead," - before she changes it, the results on the blackboard list Petrie-3401 and Goodheart-3422. See more