WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Should we elect Lincoln County Commissioners by “R” or “D”, or should we just let’em run on their name and the issues?

Lincoln Co. Commissioners

Lincoln County Commissioners

Does having a “D” or an “R” next to a candidate’s name mean much anymore in strictly local elections? Especially in a county commission election? A commission is about as close to the grassroots as you can get where the issues are pretty clear: Are there enough cops on the streets, are the health clinics open, are the roads in reasonably good shape, does mass transit do its job, etc, etc, etc. None of these more “human” elements in local government have D’s or R’s after the candidates’ names which has prompted the Lincoln County Commmission to to ask the voters whether they’d like to see those D’s and R’s come off the ballots – just run the candidates’ names and learn about how they would enhance, protect or expand vital services to the citizens of the county.

The biggest advantage is a mental one. Without the D’s and R’s next to candidate names, voters will enjoy the presumption that the candidates are people, not just party shills. They can engage the candidates more on the issues rather than party dogma – less party wrangling over cuts versus spending – looking more rationally at what the community’s needs are and better prioritizing revenues to meet those needs.

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If, in a non-partisan race, neither candidate garners 50% + 1 vote in the primary, election officials will have to advance the two top vote getters onto the November general election ballot.

The biggest advantage is a mental one. Without the D’s and R’s next to candidate names, voters will enjoy the presumption that the candidates are people, not just party shills. They can engage the candidates more on the issues rather than party dogma – less party wrangling over cuts versus spending – looking more rationally on what the community’s needs are and better prioritizing revenues to meet those needs.

The voters will decide November 5th whether to make the commissioner races non-partisan. If they vote yes, the next election among the commissioners up for re-election in the May Election are Doug Hunt and Terry Thompson.

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