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Competition is always good, especially when it comes to running city government. In recent years, competition has been lacking when it comes time to vote for our elected officials. Some examples:

2007 General Election

Lorain City

Lorain City Auditor

Ron Mantini

Precincts reporting: 52 – 100%

Votes: 7,932 – !00%

Lorain City Treasurer

Thomas Urban

Precincts reporting: 52 – 100%

Votes:7,668 – 100%

Lorain City Law Director

Mark Provenza

Precincts reporting: 52 – 100%

Votes 7837 – 100%

Lorain City 3rd Ward Council

Tim Howard

Precincts reporting: 6 – 100%

Votes: 706 – 100%

Lorain City 4th Ward

Bret Schuster

Precincts reporting: 6 – 100%

Votes: 1,218 – 100%

Lorain City 5th Ward

Eddie Edwards

Precincts reporting: 6 – 100%

Votes: 481 – 100%

Lorain City 7th Ward

Myroslaw Silecky

Precincts reporting: 7 – 100%

Votes: 1,031 – 100%

Lorain City 8th Ward

Craig Snodgrass

Precincts reporting: 8 – 100%

Votes: 1,773 – 100%

(source)

9 of the 14 elected positions up for grabs had no competition. None.

And some of these incumbents haven’t had competition for years, as noted in the following links……

More examples can be found here, here and here.


Competition is good, at least in Wilmington, N.C. as noted in this article:

Roger Lowery, chair of UNCW’s Department of Public and International Affairs, said he was surprised by the volume of interest, but not by the occupations of the applicants. More than a third of the candidates are directly involved in real estate and development.

“That industry is heavily regulated by local government” and they want to be well-represented, Lowery said.

I have to agree with that assumption, all you real estate people that want to see development in Lorain, step on up.

Small business owners or managers – about half of the candidates – also are often represented on public boards, he said.

All you business owners in Lorain, step on up.

Council members make $10,670 per year, plus a $350-a-month car allowance. They are also eligible for city health benefits.

Very similar to Lorain’s pay and benefits for council members.

And the number of candidates for that one position ~ 36 ~ simply amazing.

What drives so many to want a part-time, temporary position on a city council ?  Is it a desire to help a struggling city ?  Is it a chance to help move your city forward instead of backwards ?

I think there is a clue in this article as to why so many seek that position .

Note: No (R) or (D) behind any of those individuals seeking that one council seat.

I just hope come the next election cycle, we can have the same diversity in candidates as we enjoy as the “International” city.

A candidate from every ethnic group would be divine.

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The Republican Downfall.

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I sure am glad the democratic process allows me, and You, to vote on issues such as this.

votes for issue 20: 9,525 – 41.23 %

votes against issue 20:  13,583 – 58.77 %

I guess I’m a lot like Grandpa……………


……what do I get ?


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“The Blind Boys Of Alabama”

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Having trouble making up your mind about Tues. presidential election ?

John McCain and Barack Obama have voted together 71 times on roll call votes since January, 2007 in votes that neither abstained, representing a voting similarity of 39 %

Here’s a handy tool to help with your decisions.

Also, check out your representatives on their voting records.

(h/t to Jeff @ Have Coffee Will Write)

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I want to take a moment, just a short moment, to thank those who have been visiting this site for the past week or so, even though I haven’t posted any news-worthy articles.

The reason for that is I’ve been reading and listening to soooo much about next week’s presidential election, and I haven’t the time to write.

And I’ve also been reading a lot ……..about hate. Hate for our fellow man. Why has this election fostered so much hate ?

Is this supposed to be humor ?

Should this make me change my vote ?

I don’t have the answer to that, but I can tell you this, “I’m sick of it all”. This election is very, very important to me. Since 1981, when Ronald Reagan swept into the White House, 3 of the last 4 presidents have been re-elected for a second term, which in all probability means that there’s a good chance that whoever wins next tues., will probably be the president that takes me and a lot of my baby-boomer brothers and sisters into retirement. I want to make this vote the most important in my lifetime.

But how can I ?

There’s soooo much hate out there right now. Why can’t they all…………

Just get along ?

There’s soooo much hate out there that I almost feel like just skipping this years presidential election……almost. I don’t think I would forgive myself if that was the case.

I want to vote for Barack.  I want that change, but I’m afraid something bad will happen to him because of all the hate in our country. Although I don’t believe in taking from the rich and giving to the poor, (the poor just become poor and lazy) I do believe we have the best chance of ending the conflict in the middle east by voting Obama. And that’s my number 1 priority, get our sons and daughters home ASAP. I don’t care if my 401 goes in the tank, get our troops home ASAP.  I don’t care if the feds  bail-out every Fortune 500 company, just get our troops home ASAP, I don’t care if we win or loose, we’ve lost already by going there in the first place strictly on lies, just get our troops home ASAP.

First things first.

Tell me what your going to do, and stick to it.

No more lies.

No more…….

lies

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And ’til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog

And though the past has it’s share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it’s protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it’s a monster and will not obey

(Suicide)
The spirit was freedom and justice
And it’s keepers seem generous and kind
It’s leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won’t pay it no mind
‘Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told
Yeah, there’s a monster on the loose
It’s got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin’

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin’ the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can’t understand
We don’t know how to mind our own business
‘Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who’s the winner
We can’t pay the cost
‘Cause there’s a monster on the loose
It’s got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

(America)
America where are you now?
Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
Don’t you know we need you now
We can’t fight alone against the monster

(John Kay 1969)

……who would’ve thunk that.

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