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No-vote controversy erupts at Coronation 2009
No-vote controversy erupts at Coronation 2009
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

A sparse but enthusiastic crowd inside the Seattle Waterfront Marriott's main ballroom erupted Valentine's Day in series of boos, gasps, shrieks and cheers as Eric Bonesteel and Candace Derrier were announced as the new Emperor Rainier XXXV and Empress Olympia XXXVIII of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle & The Olympic and Rainier Empire (ISCSORE). This surprising turn of events took place after the only official candidate for the Emperor position, Douglas Anderson, was no-voted by King County residents, instantly elevating the then-Prince and Princess into their new positions.

"In some ways I can't believe this has actually happened," stated Derrier the following morning in a brief interview. "I'm very excited. I look forward to helping build up the Court at home here in Seattle and making [our] foundation strong. This is a great opportunity for Eric and I and, for the sake of the organization, we need to make the most of it."

"The community has made its voice known," stated the exiting Emperor Rainier XXXIV Bruce Butler immediately after the results were announced. "We will [have] to work very hard to make this a successful year in Seattle for both Candace and Eric."

"Definitely," agreed departing monarch Empress Olympia XXXVII Nina Maxwell. "No matter what the outcome, we will always be around to support both the community and whoever is in [these] titles. We're going to do our best to assist both [monarchs] in any way that we can."

This was only the second time in the history of the influential nonprofit organization's history that a candidate did not receive a 50-plus-one margin of the public's vote, and some in the room were definitely not pleased. "I think this is a really sad, sad day," said one longtime ISCSORE member who wished to remain anonymous. "Change is good, and Douglas would have brought some much-needed ideas to the organization. It is almost by this vote that they're [ISCSORE] sabotaging themselves."

This sentiment, while echoed by some, was not one shared by the majority of those present. Dignitaries from across Washington State and the rest of the country saw the elevation of the new monarchs as a validation of the democratic process. "I kind of feel bad for the candidate in question, but the community spoke," said reigning Spokane Emperor Mark Allen Surreal. "The organization needs monarchs and when a situation like this occurs that is why you have a Prince and Princess whom are ready to step up and fill the void."

"You have to remember the fact that [Seattle] is part of an international organization whose goal is to raise money for those in need," added title partner Empress The Surreal Miss Frigid Heir. "If you keep [focusing] on that particular issue than this will just be a minor dust cloud that flies past the windshield; it's not as monumental an occurrence as it probably seems right now in the heat of the moment."

Past ISCSORE monarchs couldn't help but agree, yet they also made a point of sympathizing for Anderson. "Anytime you have a yes or no vote within the community, then you have the potential for the community to make their opinions known about the candidate," commented Rainier XXVIII Sir Timm Lake. "In this particular situation, the community voted that they did not believe in the candidate. However, I still feel immensely sad for Douglas Anderson. He is a great person and a great representative for our organization."

But even though he felt sympathy for Anderson, Lake still found it difficult to come up with words of comfort in the wake of the evening's turn of events. "We all have our dreams, we all have our aspirations," he said after a few seconds of thought. "I hope this is not the end of the journey for [Douglas]. I hope it is instead an opportunity for him to take a message, learn from the experience and move forward."

The climactic events overshadowed what had been up to that point a solidly entertaining and informative evening for ISCSORE, this celebration for the departing Butler and Maxwell filled with sights, sounds and contrasts of nearly every shape and size. Even more impressive was the fact 34 Imperial Courts from around the United States were all in attendance, the founding mother of the Imperial Court System Mama Jose "The Widow Norton" Sarria herself in the audience for the fourth consecutive year.

Also vividly on display was ISCSORE's stated mission to provide funds and services to other non-profits within the LGBT community of Seattle and King County. Organizations like the Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the Knights of Malta were recognized with awards, while college students Lani Bonadea and Ian Feis were the happy recipients of the JC/Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship for 2009.

But all anyone wanted to talk about were the new monarchs and, for some at least, their newfound excitement was downright palpable. "As [ISCSORE] is a drag-based organization I think it is very important to have representatives in both titles who are able to continue our fundraiser and our community service while also excelling in the [entertainment] aspects of those roles," said Olympia XXIX Gaysha Starr. "I think both Candace and Eric will do just that and I look forward to assisting them in any way that I can."

"So many people are going to want to be involved [now] thanks to Candace and Eric's involvement in the community this past year," added former Mr. Gay Seattle XXXII William. "We have such strong leadership now and this really gets me excited. I've been a Court member for the past two years now and I can't wait to start doing even more work in the community and I think that other young people like myself are going to feel [equally] as energized."

As for Anderson and those left unhappy by the night's events, ISCSORE members and past monarchs alike were more than eager to reach out to the former candidate and help him in any way possible. "I want them to come to me," said Board President Rod Fender unequivocally in a subsequent interview, "or I want them to come to other Board Members or to the new Emperor and Empress and talk to them. I want to let them know that it is going to be okay. That we want their input; that we want their involvement."

"We all have out dreams," said Lake. "I was lucky enough to be elected to be a Rainier against the same yes-no vote situation. I would absolutely love to talk to Douglas about that and work with him to help understand what happened, and if he wanted me as a mentor or a confidant to help him achieve his goals and dreams, I would be happy to step up to that."

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