I’m sure you’re all figuring out that you’re in for another of my crazy rants. Well if you can’t stomach it, feel free to check out the other posts on this blog. Otherwise, stick with me as I try to point out something that often gets ignored.
Local races are often overlooked, even by many of us “political junkies” that are supposed to care about all this stuff. All of us here are probably “fired up” about Barack Obama. Many of us are starting to get excited about the Congressional races heating up in our area. But when it comes to state & local races, we may not always remember to be excited about them. I know I’ve been guilty of this many times.
And why is that? After all, it’s the lack of a 2/3 supermajority that’s preventing Democrats in the State Legislature from making real progress… Or even passing a budget on time. Every once in a while, I or a family member or a politically aware friend will complain about why hardly anything ever happens in Sacramento. Well, shouldn’t we remember that thanks to a Republican Governor & the obstructionist Republicans in the legislature, nothing can get accomplished?
And what about local races even closer to home? Don’t we always get sick & tired of reading about a local school board throwing out sex education or even basic science? And don’t we get frustrated when we hear about the next city getting into a stupid debate over an “In God We Trust” motto or a proposed ban on medical marijuana dispensaries? Think about it, these matters aren’t out of our hands. We can hold our local elected officials accountable.
So are you now getting what I’m saying? National level races may be “sexy”, but state and local level races are just as important to us. After all, who keeps the roads paved? Who decides the bulk of education policy? Who determines whether or not most of our open spaces get developed?
So please, take a look at who’s running in your area. And then, help them. We must remember that in the end, all politics is local. That’s why it’s important for us to support good local Democrats who will work hard to make real change happen.