|6/13/2018 9:24:00 AM|
Where have all the filers gone?
Well, the first round of filing is in the books and it appears Cottonwood County is left with just two contested races - sheriff and First District Commissioner.
Running unopposed are two county commissioners, an auditor-treasurer, recorder and an attorney. These incumbents are good people, hard-working.
Still, I cannot imagine the founding fathers had unopposed incumbents in mind when they designed our government. No, this system is designed for competition, a public exchange of ideas and principles.
Out of 12,000-plus people in the county, we couldn't find five solid candidates. At least we have two people running for sheriff, Jason Purrington and Justin Derickson, two high-quality people, in my opinion. And, give the First District credit, at least they have three commissioner candidates on the ballot - Larry Anderson, Jon Johnson and incumbent Jim Schmidt. That means we will have a primary in August.
I thought maybe one would pull out on Wednesday or Thursday (candidates have two days to withdraw), just to avoid the primary. But that didn't happen.
We are about to learn plenty about Anderson, Johnson and Schmidt. That's how it should be.
The candidates start by sharing their views. Then the voters question these views. And finally, after getting input, candidates "clarify" (or change) their views.
This isn't just about playing politics, it's about listening and understanding other views.
At the end of July, filing begins for area city councils and schools. If you truly want to make a difference, throw your hat in the ring. Discussion never begins with "unopposed."