A Salute To Those Who Ran And Won
... And Also Those Who Ran And Lost
November 10, 2016
the record, this was the most difficult election we have
covered in our 56 years in reporting. Too
many people running, in too many races, and too many measures
on the ballot. It may have saved money for the government,
however, it wasn't so great for Democracy.
From the start, there were too many people in the GOP presidential
primary, and too many primary elections. Yet as Californians,
with the most populas state in the union, we were relegated
to almost last place in the voting.
is the fairness and Democracy in this?
did not even get to vote on the best candidate for office
in a winner take all state. We, the voters, were the losers.
Few voters we have met feel that the best candidates were
chosen for president.
should be a national primary in which all candidates are
chosen by all voters, not a select few.
bring this down to the local level. Try as we might, we
were unable to interview every single candidate who ran
for local office. Our staff of reporters and editors is
just too small to cover the size of this election. It would
have taken double the number of reporters and even then
we would not have been able to cover all the candidates
nights and public forums.
top of this, the county is wrestling with issues which are
very critical to its future, such as the release of water
from its rivers, and the measure on financing road improvements.
must admit we did not fully understand the impact of all
the measures on the ballot. Some of the ballot measures
were written in double talk, meaning if you voted “Yes”
it meant “No”.
should be a requirement that a measure or proposition must
be written in such a way as to not confuse the voter.
we personally salute all those who ran and won, and those
who ran and lost. This is the heartbeat of Democracy and
it is not easy. One has to put themselves up before the
public and ask for a vote of approval.
the candidate has to ask for donations to help cover their
expenses, and they need to have signs printed and placed
in yards, and advertisements placed in the local newspapers,
as well as radio and T.V.
must get out in the public and be seen at meetings and heard
at candidates nights.
the local newspaper endorses the candidates whom they feel
will be best for office. The local newspaper has no crystal
ball, but we often find multiple candidates running for
the same office who are qualified and talented and would
be great representatives for our residents. We see this
in the races for school board, city council and mayor.
the end, it is up to the voters, and some of them don’t
even make the effort to cast their vote.
salute all of this year's candidates for their courage and
efforts in help making this Democracy work.