“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” — US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
That wonderful quote is from a website I discovered called PA Transparency Project.
Even if your name does not appear on the ballot, you can still run for office by running a write-in campaign. Voters can write your name in for any office.
So…. next….a reminder as to exactly how Malvern Borough achieved a political coup and greater political freedom a couple of years ago.
They did a below the radar by word-of-mouth old school write in campaign. And they changed the face of who governed them for the better didn’t they?
I have seen a lot of talk all over the place about various people in Chester county municipalities from one end of Chester County to the other talking politics in municipalities large and small and every size in between.
A lot of people are truly just NOT satisfied with the candidates being put forward by their political parties.
The simmering political anger that exists in this country from coast to coast, also exists on the most local of levels where in a lot of cases it takes decades at times to enact political change and change the face of who governs you.
May 16 is the primary. Which means Republicans vote for Republican candidates and Democrats vote for Democrat candidates. There is no cross pollination of a “general” election. If you are a member of an “other” political party, you sit the primary out.
The only thing the primary does is establish who the Democrats are going to put forward as a formal candidate and who the Republicans are going to put forward as a formal candidate in the fall.
That being said, if you want to toss out an incumbent whom needs retirement, a write in during a primary is a true opportunity isn’t it?
Pick the candidate YOU want not who your political party says you’re SUPPOSED to want. Or the candidate you are told you are supposed to want.
You all have to be uniform with your candidate’s legal given name an ensure they are from the proper political party in a primary but it’s a great way to get rid of incumbents whom you only see when there’s an election to be run and won, isn’t that true?
Talk to the now borough council members in Malvern who did this a couple years ago.
It was totally stealth. I think it is one of the more fabulous things I have seen in an election cycle since Lower Merion was able to dump eminent domain for private gain years ago. It’s a simple formula: if you change the face of who governs you, you break the cycle.
Politics and government needs to belong to the people not to powerbrokers. So why not write ins to dump incumbents?
Carpe Diem- people can do this and it’s done all the time. And an off cycle primary is the ideal opportunity. Level your playing field, just don’t tell your committee people – they will just report back to party bosses won’t they?
Malvern Council president steps down as council picks 3 candidates for January vote
By Linda Stein
Dec 18, 2013
After a stormy meeting two weeks ago, Malvern Council met Tuesday in what began as a much calmer meeting. By the evening’s end, however, councilman Van Sciver would step down as council president….The council chambers were crowded with Malvernites who were concerned about whether the council would seek to appoint a pro-development insider to take the place of Richard Sponenbergh, who resigned just after the election.
That election brought in three write-in candidates –David Bramwell, Todd Lexer and Matt Radano—who ousted three incumbents. The mayor’s office also changed hands….The issue that appeared to drive voters to the polls was the scope and pace of development that was changing a charming small town into a more urban environment.
Read about write-ins that occured in PA last spring by checking out this article on PennLive.
This post is just one opinion- but again- if you have the opportunity to dump the same old same old , why not try?
Just look what tiny Malvern Borough accomplished, right?