By Steve Lee |
Just last year two sitting City Council members ran unopposed for re-election. Why? Maybe because the citizens are satisfied with their current council? Maybe because both council members had over $100,000 in their campaign war chests and the average citizen or even above-average citizen, knew they couldn’t compete without a huge war chest funded by unions and developers?
The answer became very apparent in the past two weeks. With our city attempting to avoid a $500,000 special election to find a replacement for Gary Davis’ now vacant District 4 seat, six outstanding candidates came forward to apply. They didn’t have to come up with filing fees, campaign money, fancy lawn signs and glossy mailers. They only needed the courage, love for community, honorable values and their willingness to get involved in their community.
The result: Outstanding candidates with a myriad of life experiences, educational and professional backgrounds, no special interests or hidden agendas, just good people willing to come forward and serve their community. Each of the sitting council members even lauded the quality of the candidates. Our community is full of professionals that could and would serve this community well. Their only obstacle is money.
The only way to ensure that Elk Grove will get great quality leadership in the future is to pressure our city into enacting a reasonable campaign finance reform policy, including limiting donations from special interest groups. The citizens need to take our city back from the pressures imposed by developers and unions.