True Ward Initiative Redux
Interesting, but not surprising, comment made in the Topix comments regarding the ACLU Patriot awards of a couple days ago. I say not surprising because it's the same thing we always hear when lefties try to gain an advantage in the electoral process.
I think I've already shown the True Ward system won't give the Left the advantage they believe it will.
So, Slow to Change replies to me (in part), "Boy, have you got it wrong!
It was estimated that Robin Arkley Jr. spent about $250,000 on an 11th hour TV/radio/newspaper blitz to oust councilman Chris Kerrigan from a second term. In that race, Kerrigan spent over $90,000 and his right-wing opponent spent $120,000!.
He complains about all the money being spent, especially by his candidate's opponent. He also complains that it's impossible to visit every house in Eureka to make up for the money his opponent spent. What's he missing here?
His candidate won using the current system and even spending less money.
But, for some reason, this fellow and Greg Conners (I'm sure David Cobb and Larry Glass must feel the same way) seem to think that if voter's choices are limited only to their own ward, Eureka would have a progressive majority.
I've said before, the exact opposite seems to already have been proven to be true: Democrats hold the majority in Eureka and currently can vote in all 5 wards, regardless of where the voter lives. If all those Democrats voted along party lines, then "progressives" would hold every seat on the city council. They don't.
People vote for the candidate and their ideas in our city council races, not the political party.
I've become convinced the motivation for the Left's support of this True Ward system is simply to gain what they feel is an advantage in local electoral politics, just as they did with Measure T. They won't actually be getting that advantage, but they believe they will. For that reason alone- call it petty, if you will- I'm more than happy to vote NO on the True Ward Initiative should it make it to the ballot.