Democracy is most often the hardest nut to crack and for many, it leaves them wondering what true democracy really represents. For that very reason local body politics should do everything possible to preserve democracy. Allowing the constituency to exercise their own voice by voting is more than being right, it is their RIGHT.
From all accounts, Elk Grove took a brave stand and elected their own Mayor--the people spoke! Although not a real power differential, but at least a start to their own type of leadership. The next step in the journey will be to authorize that leader the responsibility to lead with powers and authority of a leader functioning as more than that of a figurehead -by altering their form of government - if they so choose.
More important, is that tantamount to the key to democracy all over the world, is the ability to hear directly from those that will be affected by the individual who will eventually represent them. The best way to do that is to allow the people to decide -VOTE.
Elections do that! Elections are important ways to alleviate many forms of DOUBT, FAVORITISM and SUSPICION. Elections eliminate power and control of a few and remind others of the importance of sovereignty -why ones government works FOR the people and why the people's voice is so critical. Yes, elections cost money, but it is always money well spent when it gives the voter the right to choose. And those who truly want to represent should not fear elections.
Local government has the greatest impact on an individual's safety and security, welfare and recreation. Local government most often decides how an individual or a family spends the money they make - they are in your pocketbook.
So, the long and the even longer of all of this is that government should NEVER decide who is best to represent the people, rather, the people should decide to retain their sovereignty by selecting their leader(s) -when citizen's give up one right, another right will follow! Take ALL the steps necessary, to offer democracy as the choice of the day, NO MATTER THE COSTS associated with the decision and you will find that the voices will speak loud and clear--Democracy will truly be in motion, there will be no question about that.
Remember politicians are voter's too and if allowed to take away the people's Right now, eventually it will leave little rights when they may want and need them.
Elections are a good thing...in fact they serve as a litmus of how strong a politician really is--when they don't FEAR what the people's choice will be. A brave government should never be afraid to let the people decide.
Submitted by P.E.A.R.L. - PEARL is a Sacramento County advocacy group Promoting Ethical Accountable and Responsible Leadership.