The politics march on
It seems like it never ends.
Now, I could be referencing any number of things, including: days of snow, days of lovely sunny weather or tourists who double-back through the pedestrian walkway in confusion.
But this time, I’m referring to the political season.
After moving local elections up a few months, it seems like we never really stopped the campaigns. We’re just smoothly transitioning into even more meetings, forums and voting.
It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Or taking, depending on your feelings for the subject.
Luckily, I don’t mind the endless slogans, yard signs and letters to the editor. I think I’m what you’d call a political junkie. I seek out politics the way Larry, Curly and Moe find hits to the face. By that I mean it’s probably not healthy, but pretty unavoidable.
The difference is, compared to statewide or national elections, the upcoming vote can have immense and immediate impacts on the town. Councils, mayors, lifts and roads are all at stake. There also are a number of candidates for both City Council and the mayorship, each with their own proponents and detractors.
The buzz around the issues is obvious. Simply based on the number of articles and opinions given, it’s apparent how many people who have much more knowledge than me wish to make their feelings known.
While I don’t personally want to make endorsements or predictions, both for neutrality’s sake and the fact that I don’t really know any of them that well, I do want to point out one key difference in this election compared to others.
The candidates are part of the community.
If you have a disagreement with someone running for mayor or council, you can probably find them out on the street. Or, at least, you know a friend or coworker who can get in touch. And, since I’m assuming that everyone running are decent, intelligent people, speaking your opinions could make a real impact which will, in the end, help improve the town.
At the very least, it will provide more conversation, which is really all my political mind can ask for.
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Kevin Warner started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger in 2001. Now he’s taking over the key position as Aspen-Sopris District Ranger.