Friday, September 21, 2012
I have no excuse for not having a blog ready early as Friday morning. It is true that watch Giants last night. Thank goodness I ignored the Met’s game if you can call allowing eight runs the first inning and seven runs in the ninth inning a baseball game.
My delay was to decide upon a subject; and I decided this November’s local election issues have not been explored sufficiently..
Of the two races involving positions on the Council; the third Ward race should result in a reelection of Council President Adrian Mapp. It is the “Councilman at-Large “that is of interest.
In the matter of Plainfield where in politics winning the Democrat primary election is the equivalent of being elected in November; I must reiterate my repugnance of having any religious leader in a political office. This is not a personality matter but rather a conviction that their beliefs will impact upon their decisions.
However, it is unfortunate that little has emerged about the only avowed opposition candidate, Gloria Hendricks. She has almost an impossible road to haul. It will take a great effort is to persuade the school Republican minority, those that voted against Rev. Brown the primary, and sufficient number the large group of independent voters to cast their ballots for her.
The mitigating factor is that it is a Presidential election year and the turnout this year will begin be expected to be extraordinarily large. It is those who ordinarily do not vote in a local election that can be the deciding factor
There are other races that are unique this November including the board of the education election. There are five candidates for the three seats. Although the board of education elections are supposed to be nonpolitical there was a slate of three; Hendricks, Crittendon, and Hamlin announced at the city Democrat committee meeting.
There’s a referendum for a commission to study changes in the city charter, and also seven candidates for the five possible commission members is the referendum is approved. The referendum should receive approval by the electorate
With only six weeks left before the election (it) is hopeful that the league of women voters will hold their traditional forum far enough in advance to give voters sufficient time to make intelligent decisions.