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Some tips for impressing me in a voter information pamphlet 
5th-Jun-2010 04:15 pm
important, lives
I've just been slogging through my vote-by-mail ballot for the June 8 primary. Once again, I'm frustrated by how little information there is out there about the candidates for the less high profile local offices, and disappointed in myself for leaving it so late to try to figure out who I'm going to vote for for offices like Superior Court judges. Who are arguably really important, but there's astonishingly little info to be had out there.

So, once again, I'm reduced to making some decisions based on a couple of paragraph's worth of text. As always, I'm amazed by the themes that crop up in these candidate statements, and my very predictable reactions to some of them. Such as:

  • Unless you're running for school board or some other educationally-related post, talking about your school-age children is only going to annoy me. Regardless of what office you're running for, spending your entire candidate statement talking about your family is going to lose you my vote.

  • A candidate who does nothing but brag about how many criminals he/she has put in jail = a candidate who will do nothing about our overcrowded prisons that consume a huge proportion of the state budget. On the other hand, a successful prosecutor who also has some intelligent ideas about crime reduction or rehabilitation strategies is a pretty attractive candidate.

  • It's great if you espouse policies that I agree with, but it's even better if those policies actually fall with in the remit of the job you're running for. Alberto Torrico, I absolutely agree with you that education is important, but it isn't the Attorney General's job.

  • Saying that you will "cut bureaucracy" or "stand up for the consumer" is nice, but unless you can point to some tiny example of how you've cut bureacracy or stood up for the consumer in the past, my vote is likely to go to someone with an actual track record.

  • Endorsements really only count with me if I respect the person or organization doing the endorsing, so "Endorsed by over 100 whatever's" doesn't do much for me.

If you would like an actual intelligent analysis of many of the candidates and ballot measures, I recommend this post by auros, who is much better informed than I am.
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