As a recently defeated candidate in the primary election from a city council race, I was able to see behind the scenes of our politics. I felt that unethical actions of others should be known by the community so they could be educated in a very transparent manner. It was very important to me that the transparency of the situation was made known; in this way people could vote with more knowledge.
I was surprised by the things I have heard. I have been attacked by many just because I was trying to protect the interests of the citizens. One comment indicated that I was wrong to bring this transparency to the table, because the unethical behavior was "just politics." I was told that if I can't deal with it I should "stay out of the fray."
This concerns me. I feel that our elected officials should be ethical and transparent. Have our politics become so corrupt that the community actually accepts the unethical behavior as tolerable simply because it is "just politics?" Is it not only accepted, but expected by our citizens? I spoke to a citizen who once served on our city planning commission. He stated that he used to care what the people in the community thought, but he decided to stop caring about them simply because sometimes things just needed to be done. He pledged to me his full support of the candidates he served on the planning commission with because he knew they felt the same.
I encourage people to get to know the issues and the candidates in their own ares. Education is critical to the process and you must educate yourselves. Voting is down; probably because many people feel their vote means nothing. However, many that vote seem to have the opinion that ethics don't matter in politics. I encourage everyone to vote.
Let's bring the voters out this November and show we want to be heard, but please vote as a person that knows the candidates and the issues in your own community.