|previous election||next election (of significance)|
|Robert Terwilliger||Joe Quimby|
|Previous Mayor||Next Mayor|
|Joe Quimby - Democrat||Robert Terwilliger - Republican|
The 1994 Springfield mayoral election resulted in the defeat of Mayor Joe Quimby and his brief replacement by Republican, former television personality and twice attempted murderer Robert "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger. Due to massive voter fraud on Terwilliger's part, he was forced to vacate the office and returned to prison.
Candidates fought ferociously for the senior citizens' vote, which dominates local politics because few other people vote. Incumbent Mayor Quimby did this by promising to build an expressway and naming it after Matlock. Terwilliger than one-uped him by promising to do the same, and to listen to all the old folks' problems.
When Robert Terwilliger won with 100% of the vote to Quimby's 1% (there was a 1% margin error), there was much suspicion by a specific few, most notably Lisa Simpson. She eventually uncovers that almost every vote for Terwilliger was cast by a dead person (or animal). Terwilliger was re-incarcerated and Quimby reinstated as mayor after only a brief interlude.