August 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

by Jason Bradley

13. That’s the low estimate on how many emails I’ve gotten to vote in today’s primary. I’ve gotten at least four from one single group. How many other e-mails and phone calls have you gotten in the past week? (Maybe even from me?) Is it overload? I can see how so many reminders can get wearisome, but the fact is that most Minnesotans don’t take the primaries seriously. The numbers that vote in primaries are far lower than that of the general election.

How many times have we voted for “the lesser of two evils”? We wouldn’t be forced to vote for anyone based on being less worse than the other candidate if we would just take the 10 minutes to get educated and vote in the primaries. It allows us to choose the best candidates from the existing pool. I’ve got separate thoughts on party politics, endorsement, and primaries that I won’t get into here, but at the local level? This is where we really get to hold people’s feet to the fire.

Take 2012. Incumbent Dave Anderson was knocked out of the primaries. Ex-mayor ReNae Bowman barely skated through. Now, Renae’s endorsed candidates Mark Hoffman, Joe Bowman (sorry, I mean Selton), and John Budziszewski are up for your consideration. There are primaries for each incumbent this time around. Mark hasn’t had an opponent, let alone a primary in a loooong time. There is a clear anti-incumbent sentiment in Crystal these days for various reasons, but a lack of transparency and and respect seem to ring throughout all of the challenger’s mission statements. Crystal is definitely headed in a new resident-sensitive direction, and I’m excited to see what happens tonight.

Now, I don’t want to make you think for a moment that I expect all of the incumbents to lose, but I feel pretty confident we will see close returns and we may see a race or two between two challengers or with an incumbent coming in second place. That will be very telling in the way that the rest of this cycle will go. The question you need to ask yourself? “Has my voice been counted?” See you at the polls!


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