So often politics is framed as lessor evilism, but then as Ralph said last night you always end up with evil. For me a vote is an affirmation not a negation. The politics of x is worser than y, just makes our politics worser and worser each election cycle. While many electoral reforms take time and the involvement of government, NOTA can be done by anyone, anywhere, and at anytime.
Mayor: NOTA. My step father recently said he’ll vote for Dave because he’s been OK. I will mark in NOTA for roughly the same reasons. The recycle containers are nice, but intercity rail is a stupid idea. He stepped up for the livable wage but was luke warm on sick leave. He has not kept the dialogue going with progressives on the council, and has unnecessarily cut bus service and raised prices. He’s been OK, could have been worse, but definitely a lot better. In either case not good enough to earn my vote.
Alder District 6: Marsha Rummel. Marsha was a founding member of Progressive Dane, and has been endorsed by both the Four Lakes Green Party and the Wisconsin State Journal. I am very excited about the possibility of Marsha Rummel representing me on the council.
School Board Seat 3: Beth Moss. Beth has been endorsed by the Capital Times, Progressive Dane, Brenda Konkel and Shwaw Vang. Moss’ two top priorities are class size and competitive wages. Those two are winners in my book.
School Board District 4: NOTA. While both Progressive Dane and MTI endorsed Johnny Winston in the general election, he has not earned another term. MTI was wise not to endorse him in the primary and should have followed suit in the general election. When Johnny Winston makes threats such as,
The teachers union is going to have to look at different ways of doing things, otherwise we’re all going to inevitably die
he has left the progressive fold and become teacher enemy number 1. He was not very forthcoming in the MTI interview, and he gave me the run around with his position on teacher health care.
School Board Seat 5: Marjorie Passman. Marjorie has been endorsed by Progressive Dane, MTI, Bert Zipperer, and Brenda Konkel. Majorie also stated in an MTI interview that health insurance should be mutually selected through the collective bargaining process and is in support of smaller class sizes.
Supreme Court Justice: NOTA? I’m am still waiting for a why to Clifford. You could say I’m on the fence, but if all Clifford can do is attack Zeigler she will not earn my vote.