Candidates on a
is happy with the way things are going in Blaine County, the April 5
deadline for candidates to file to run in the upcoming primary elections
for local offices will pass unnoticed.
offices are partisan seats. To date, no one but incumbents have filed to
run. If that doesn’t change soon, the local election season will be a
big fat yawn.
be a shame for everyone but the candidates who will run unopposed. Without
a field of candidates, there will be no debate about where Blaine County
is today and where Blaine County should go in the future.
for residents with a penchant for public service to consider running for a
without challengers are candidates on a cruise. They are comfortable.
Instead of stumping for votes, they can work on their tans. They can avoid
hard questions. They won’t have to argue viewpoints because no one will
be left to digest the tasteless pablum of bland, listless campaigns.
A few of
the matters that won’t get any public debate unless new candidates run:
County continue to protect south-county farms and ranches or let the
county remain in the Management Dark Ages, without a county administrator
with commissioners who insist on do-it-yourself management?
county continue to operate with a substandard and deteriorating jail?
county protect the purity of local wells and the aquifer that feeds Silver
Creek from the impacts of development?
continue to push wide roadways built to federal standards in canyons where
residents don’t want them—just to get federal funding?
continue to put enforcement of its own zoning ordinances on the back
burner or hire an enforcement official?
county allow working people to be priced out of the valley or will it
support the Blaine County Housing Authority’s efforts to build
county play a strong role in getting valley mass transit off the ground?
county ensure that a new highway won’t destroy the valley’s quality of
life or will it let highway engineers make all the decisions?
county continue to subsidize nursing home care at Blaine Manor, or tell
the old folks and their families to find a new home?
many are willing to help chart the course, will the county ship of state
avoid the rocks that lurk in the future. Candidates, where are you?