What a candidate stands for trumps their political party


It’s election season again, and in a few weeks we will be asked to choose those who will represent and govern us in various legislative bodies and local boards.

Some candidates for public office list their party affiliation and others do not. Candidates for national and statewide office do. Those for local office like school boards, fire and utility districts, and local boards of supervisors do not.
In fact it is illegal to inject partisan politics into most local boards.

Imagine what would happen if, for example, school board members were obliged to vote not for what they felt was best for the kids, but for what the party dictated.

Considering how bodies like Congress or our state legislature often become snarled or even paralyzed by fights between Democrats and Republicans. Isn’t it a blessing that political parties are kept away from local politics? Makes one wonder if we really need political parties anyway.

There is not one word in our Constitution about political parties. Our Founding Fathers warned us against them when creating the republic. Yet the Democrat and Republican parties have divided the legislative decision making power of our nation and our state governments between themselves.
They control who is the powerful head of every legislative committee. They decide which legislation gets to be voted on, and which ones are ignored.

In almost every other area of human endeavor such a division of control and power between two large entities would be deemed illegal as some kind of conspiracy. Perhaps one day some prosecutor or citizen’s group
will have the courage to test this question in court because neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are likely to voluntarily give up any of their power.

I for one will be voting for candidates because of what they stand for and who they are, not for what political party they belong to.

Richard Kirschman
Point Reyes Station