Elections and Democracy

County Commissioner Deb Gardner said this about Paul Danish's entrance into the race: "I think it will be a good conversation...there will be differences between the two of us...A choice is good for democracy." I wholeheartedly agree with her.

They will debate issues like fracking, GMO crops on open space, growth and density, and the county's role in affordable housing, to name a few. Both candidates are smart and thoughtful. All of us will benefit from learning points of view that challenge what we hear in our own echo chamber.

Republicans are fielding candidates in only two other local races. Peter Sraitz will take on Steve Fenberg for Senate District 18. Bob Dillon is challenging Mike Foote for House District 12.

There will be no Republican opposition or Democratic primary opposition for Senate District 17, House District 11 or district attorney. Incumbents will fill these three seats. There will be no debate and no conversation about the issues.

The only Democratic primary battle is in House District 10, where Angelique Espinoza and Edie Hooton are competing. Even though they are both Democrats, they have significant differences on policy positions, experience and consensus building. Voters in this district will learn about different solutions to state legislative issues that they may not have considered.

Elections are supposed to be about choosing among candidates with diverse viewpoints not about rubber-stamping the status quo.