In the last city commission election cycle, we saw hard conservatives elected. The pendelum swung from a largely fiscal liberal commission to a hard fiscal… and socially… conservative commission.
This week, we saw two hard conservatives running for state office defeated by the more moderate candidates. In one of those races, there were significantly more dollars tossed at the Republican than the Democratic candidate. In a largely Republican county, we saw a large number of votes cast for the Democratic Presidential candidate. Has the pendelum swung hard from right to left?
In 2013, people living in Manhattan will see their property taxes go up… dramatically. We saw the City Commission implement a water/sewer rate increase this past Tuesday evening. (The water rate increase won’t hit residential users, only the larger commercial users. You will feel the impact of the higher sewer charges on your residential bills.)
What will mean more to you as the April local election cycle kicks in? We will have local elections for City Commission and School Board. Will this Commission’s rescinding of the LBGT ordinance impact your choice in the Spring? (Both Salina and Hutchinson voters defeated similar LBGT ordinances at the polls this week.) Will this Commission’s stance on social services impact your choice? Will this Commission’s initiatives to slow spending, therefore mitigating property tax increases impact your choice? Do you vote based on social issues, fiscal issues, or just because you have a personal knowledge or friendship with a specific candidate? Does the endorsement of the Chamber or a group like Awaken Manhattan or Our Manhattan or League of Women Voters or Living Wage Coilition impact your choice?
How would one currently define the “politcial personality” of Manhattan, Kansas???