With its five Emmy wins in the 2011 awards, Modern Family is riding high as it enters its third season. Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Julie Bowen), Best Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell), Best Directing, Best Writing and Best Comedy Series all indicate that great things are coming our way.

But what exactly can we expect from Modern Family in season 3? More specifically, what is in store for Emmy-winner Julie Bowen‘s character of Claire Dunphy? Read on for a few spoilers from the show.

WARNING: As mentioned above (twice now), there are spoilers in this article. Please stop reading if you don’t want to know awesome details about an incredible show. Otherwise, please proceed…

Meet Claire’s Nemesis
If you’ve been watching Modern Family over the past two seasons, you may have noticed that Claire occasionally takes up arms against grave injustices in her neighborhood. Well, in season 3, Claire will take her fight to a new level — the town council.

Apparently angered over an incident involving a stop sign and an intersection, Claire will butt heads with a town councilman by the name of Duane Bailey. Bailey, a typically-charming but useless low-level politician, obviously has no idea who or what he is up against in Claire.

But Who Is He?
Town councilman Duane Bailey, who will appear in episode 6 of season 3 (entitled “Hit and Run”), will be played by none other than David Cross of Arrested Development fame.

Considering David Cross’ brilliance in playing mildly horrible people, it’s safe to assume that he will be a worthy recipient of Claire’s fury.

What Happens Next?
Fortunately for Claire and unfortunately for Duane Bailey, it’s election season. Thus Claire, with an assist from the ever-helpful Gloria, may just be running for Bailey’s town council seat. Could Claire be trading in life as a housewife for a career in politics?

We kind of hope so. Because that would be a lot of fun on a show like **Modern Family.

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Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.