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Kate stifled a laugh. “Thanks. I think we will.” Michelle turned. “I’ll see you in a bit, Kate. I need to talk to Tina.” The heaters in the auditorium were old and noisy. A single dying plant hung in a corner of the room. Posters from a reading campaign, with the edges curling up, littered the walls. Kate stopped to look at a sign-in list. Not many had signed in, but there were still 10 minutes before the meeting began. The more people that showed up, the better chance she had of winning. This morning, when she’d handed out fliers at the front gate, many had said they’d come. She’d printed fliers in Spanish on one side and English on the other, wanting to include the parents who didn’t speak English. She needed the newer parents at the school to come tonight, since most of the older parents knew Bonnie and would likely vote conservatively. Kate pushed Liam to the food table, while Sterling lagged behind them. Industrial coffeepots brewed. The plates and cups were Styrofoam. Kate made a note to get recyclable paper goods whether she won or not. There were bags of chips, cookies with colored sprinkles on top, Saran Wrapped plastic platters of sliced lunchmeats and cheeses, white rolls, a tub of coleslaw, and cans of generic


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