JohnA (RE: Souza sees validation in lousy turnout):
"There's no reason to lump the non-partisan races in with the traditional partisan elections. What drew me to my race in the first place was the fact it was non-partisan, although most people I talked to wondered about my affiliation. I liked that it was a clean race based on the initiatives of the candidates. I neither sought nor recieved any financial help with the campaign and no outside influence was granted. Try that in the state and federal races next year.
Besides, nothing impacts people lives more than the elections this week: the local roads they drive on, the hospital that's there when they need it, and the great and free amenity that is our libraries.
And, you can show up before these boards and commissions and be heard
every month. Try that in Boise or D.C. and find out how that works out.
Sure, I was disappointed by the turnout, especially in a 3-way race against a popular incumbent. Imagine a couple hundred people deciding who will serve them for the next four years, out of 30,000+ who are impacted.
But, let's keep them separate from the other elections. We don't need politics at this level, just the best candidates running on issues and not the 'party line'."