Saturday, April 1, 2017

The election.. another yawner

So for the first time in my memory we have 4 woman running for selectman, along with the Moderator and School Committee. One might think that 4 women running would be a big deal, but it has not been so exiting. There was one PTO sponsored candidates night at the High School,, (small room) moderated by the usual suspect, just days before the election. One of the main reasons why we don't have larger voter turnout for local elections is that no one knows who the challengers are and they are not given the opportunity to toot their horns. No real debate goes on and that's the way Town leaders arrange it. It stifles attention among the voters and all be guarantees the incumbent will win.
It will be very interesting to see how many voters (out of 37,000) will show up and vote. One might think the Charter will be a big draw, but from my vantage point, I don't see it. I hope I'm wrong and 40% show up.
Unfortunately, the selectman incumbents will win, along with the Moderator. The incumbents for school committee may be surprised. They have certainly handled the Tracy Scott firing thing as poorly as any one could.


At April 5, 2017 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

While more voters showed up last night, a mere 28% decided the fate of Framingham. Why this important election cycle didn't attract more voters is beyond me. What is it about local elections that keep educated voters from the polls?

At April 5, 2017 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even more surprising than how many did not bother voting is the 67 people who took the time to go to the polls and vote, but did not bother casting a vote for or against the charter. What the heck was the thinking behind that?

At April 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will hear from the other 72% later when they start complaining that things under a city suck and how did it ever get that way - never once considering they should be looking in a mirror for the answer.


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