Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Entrenchment in office leads to stagnation

    Perhaps Councilman Baird Gourlay has it exactly wrong when he states that filing disclosure statements might discourage potential candidates; i.e. “It’s hard enough to find candidates to run for these positions.” 
    There were seven talented and involved candidates for two positions on City Council last election. I doubt that any would have been dissuaded by a requirement to submit their minimalist funding to the city clerk. Baird may actually owe his election win to the fact that the five “losing” candidates divided the anti-incumbency vote that might have swept him from office. Just possible.
    Incumbency gives a big leg up in virtually any election, no less so because of the built-in advantage of campaign donations—it goes with the territory. Entrenchment in office leads to stagnation; two terms should be enough. Let someone new in to bring freshness.
    There might be more candidates if everyone knew that he/she were playing on a roughly level playing field, roughly meaning that a candidate with strong ties to moneyed interests doesn’t have a huge advantage going into the election. Baird himself admits to having raised as much money as all the council members put together, even if we throw in the $200 that perennial candidate Mickey Garcia raised.
Gary Hoffman


About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.