local elections DO matter

Soon it will be election day.  It’s an off-year nationally one might think, so why bother?

Easy.  Your vote is YOUR voice in YOUR community. This year is a more local focus….supervisors, commissioners, borough council members, mayors, city councils — just depends on where you live as to what and who you are voting for.

Local candidates are now more seriously making the rounds.  They will pop up spiffed and shined to check out community events, civic associations, and so on and so forth.  Yes, be warned, literal baby-kissing may ensue.

They may even come door-knocking. Where I live (in my opinion)  they are inconsistent at best on the door-knocking, or if they do show and you do vote for them, often you do not hear from them ever again, after that.

Be informed.  And don’t just vote for someone because they may share the political party you are told you should vote for.  Why?  Because on a local level, that is NOT what matters.  What matters is who they are, and what they stand for, and if you find them passably believable.  On the local level, you should vote the PERSON, not the PARTY. Because trust me, in spite of what they say, it has been my long standing belief that on a local level, political parties will often make deals with each other, and well, how do you feel about that?

I believe in balance.  Saying that, I do not think you have balance necessarily if one group of the same people (which is NOT the same as the same party) is in control for too long.

I believe in term limits.  We need to get some of those. It’s time to curb political monopolies.

Don’t be afraid of checking out the new kids on the block, but make sure you understand what they are truly about.  Also check out WHO endorses them, WHO backs them, WHO gives them campaign donations, and WHO they hang out with politically.  The more independent, the better in my humble opinion.

And in as far as incumbents you think may have been around long enough? Simple motto: when in doubt, vote ’em out.

The sanctity of the voting booth is for you alone, so vote your heart and conscience always.

And above all else, vote.  Your individual power of the vote is a powerful voice. Be the change you seek. Take back the power in your communities. Vote.

 

life and politics

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It is now about 24 hours since I found myself ensnared in the last minute politics of haste and vitriol in Chester County. If you are playing blog catch-up see the post prior to this.

As a new resident I find myself the unwitting target of the woman who calls herself chief cook and bottle washer of the Chester County Democratic Party.

The great irony of course in all of this is until yesterday I never knew she existed on the face of this earth. We have never met or spoken.

According to her I am some sort of dragonslayer of Democrats or truth, justice, and the American way. (It gets a little confusing.)

All because I met a woman door knocking over the summer who is running for supervisor in East Whiteland named Maureen Martinez.

And yes that is exactly how and when Maureen and I met. I thought she was nice and as someone who wants to represent people and serve in public office, I liked what she had to say.

I have gotten to know Maureen since then slowly. There is no plan or plot. I am not some paid shill of another political party. We discovered shared interests over the past few months as people becoming acquainted do.

But as this person whom I don’t know tells it, I have known Maureen Martinez for years and years and this is some big plot, and better yet, this is why I moved to Chester County. Nevermind the fact that I fell in love with a man who was once a boy I was friends with in high school. After all. and sadly, often when it comes to politics, the truth doesn’t matter.

But at the end of the day, I have survived harder things, namely breast cancer. I thank all of you who have sent me nice messages of support from both political parties. It heartens me to the goodness of people in the face of fibs and nastiness.

My grandmother always said you should make at least one new friend a year. And Maureen Martinez is someone I am proud to call friend. And I think she will make a terrific supervisor. And she is not running for office so she can use that office to run for yet other offices. To me that is always an important distinction.

Have a great Saturday! It is so beautiful a day!