E-mail Scott
Scott's Links
About the Author
Opinion Archives
Social Media:
Google Plus
Monthly Archives:

January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
October 2011
November 2011
December 2011
January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017

Powered by Blogger
Subscribe via RSS

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Republicans need to fill the 2015 ballot

Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)

When Mark Kruzan announced on November 18 that he would not seek a fourth term as mayor of Bloomington, he threw the race wide open - at least for who the Democratic nominee will be. Kruzan was likely to coast to re-election, if he had a Republican opponent at all. But despite the long odds, Republicans need to fill the ticket.

First, Republicans need to field an absolute minimum of five candidates for City Council. Only four Republicans ran in 2007 - contesting districts 2, 5 and 6 with one at-large candidate. The best Republicans could possibly hope for in that case is a 5-4 Democratic majority. It was even worse in 2011, when with only three Republican candidates (two at-large plus District 1) the best possible outcome was a 6-3 Democratic majority.

If the Republicans do not even field enough candidates to claim a majority, why even bother at all? What possible motivation do Republican voters have to turn out at the polls when even an unprecedented (and highly improbable) Republican landslide will put Republicans in a 3-6 minority?

But the primary race that Republicans need to contest is the mayor's office. Yes, this is a heavily Democratic city and there has not been a Republican Mayor since 1971 - two years before I was born. But the party has an obligation to at least give the voters an option to choose someone else. Perhaps if the GOP does not field a candidate for Mayor, the Libertarian Party will field a candidate for Mayor.

Even if someone only files paperwork to run as a write-in candidate and does nothing else, that office must be contested. The voters deserve an opportunity to choose, no matter how lopsided the odds might be. As the second major party, Republicans have a moral obligation to provide that choice.

If Republicans are to be taken seriously as an opposition party within the city, they cannot continue to leave so many races uncontested. If Republicans do not even bother trying to win, the party (at least in the city) will be seen as a joke. That perception will be accurate. The Monroe County Republican Party did an excellent job filling the ballot in the 2014 county elections, even if the election results were depressing.

That should continue in the 2015 city elections. At a minimum, Republicans should do whatever is necessary to at least field nine city council candidates - but the eventual Democratic nominee for mayor should not coast in with 100% of the vote. The people of Bloomington deserve better, and they deserve a choice.

Below are the rules for commenting on ConservaTibbs.com.

  1. A reasonable level of civility is expected. While it is expected that controversial political and social issues may generate heated debate, there are common-sense limits of civility that will be enforced.

  2. This blog is a family-friendly site. Therefore no cursing, profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, etc. will be allowed. This is a zero-tolerance rule and will result in automatic deletion of the offending post.

  3. Anonymity has greatly coarsened discourse on the Internet, so pseudonyms are discouraged but not forbidden. That said, any direct criticism of a person by name may not be done anonymously. If you criticize someone, you must subject yourself to the same level of scrutiny or the comment will be deleted.

  4. You must put a name or pseudonym on your comments. All comments by "Anonymous" will be deleted.

  5. Please keep your comments relevant to the topic of the post.

Thank you for your cooperation.