Isn't that ironic | Letters
September 11, 2012 · 1:53 PM
Several local Republicans stopped by the Democratic Party booth at the county Fair to scold us for having Lovel Pratt and Howie Rosenfeld signs in our booth.
“It’s supposed to be a nonpartisan election,” they piously insisted.
So what’s different when the Republican Party invites Howie’s and Lovel’s opponents to speak at their GOP Big Red Barn event? Can that not be construed as an endorsement?
Nonpartisan elections mean that candidates filing for political office do not state their political party preference. Nonpartisan elections do not mean that political parties cannot support and endorse candidates that they believe best reflect their values, perspectives, and positions on issues.
In the only other nonpartisan county council election in the state, in Whatcom County, Whatcom County Democrats have been endorsing council candidates for years. San Juan County Democrats find nonpartisan council elections disingenuous at best.
For that reason and others, 37 of 39 counties in the state have partisan council/commission elections.
Ron Zee/San Juan Island