Mike McCourt: Back on July 23, when you announced, it kind of came out of the blue. You kept it pretty much to yourself.


And I was curious, still am, whether or not you spent several weeks or months pacing up and down your kitchen saying to yourself, “I’d like to do this, I should do this, I probably could do it …” or whether conversely you were approached by some folks here in town that said, “We think you could do this, and we think you should do this and we’d like you to try.”

Barb Higgins: It was the second scenario. The day Mr. Bronconnier announced he wasn’t going to run I got an email from someone who said you should consider this, and I was not considering it, and then through the course of the next couple months I had people, some of them people I hadn’t heard from in years, emailing me and calling me.


And it wasn’t something I was thinking of, but because it was people from all walks of life. It was not something I was dreaming about. But I did make the decision, I jumped in, I felt that finally I would regret it if I didn’t go for it.

MM: That would leave you open to the suggestion Mrs. Higgins, in the raw political sense, that you are therefore, since you were in effect drafted, a candidate as a marionette dancing on someone else’s strings.

BH: I have no idea where you would get that from. I made this decision based on my …

MM: I get it from your admission that you were drafted by other folks. This is not something you yourself considered you could do or wanted to do or should.

BH: And that’s how life works Mike, is that opportunities are presented in life in terms of openings.

Doors open. You decide whether you are going to walk through them. An election is about people asking you to step forward. People cast their ballot, that’s what an election is. So that’s an interesting comment you make but I’ll just tell you, there is no truth to it.