Disecting the November election results

We just had an election and re-elected two council members, elected a new City Council member to Position No. 5 and elected a member who was previously appointed to Position No. 3. Did the results accomplish our objective and achieve the results we sought or did we fall short? The election translates into more of the same, tax and spend – for sure taxes are going up.

The councilman elected to Position No. 3 was not such a mystery in that we had about two years of his serving under council appointment to that position as a basis against which to evaluate his performance and cast our votes.

The new council member elected to Position No. 5 was endorsed by five of our seven council members and many others who do not even live in our city and who probably wouldn’t recognize him were they to meet him on the street. I have no doubt that he is an honorable man but I (we) know nothing about him, not his ideas about governing, not on anything, but I wish him well. It would be interesting to know why five council members endorsed him (they must know him well), and more importantly, why our fellow voters voted for him in such a big way. Perhaps the council endorsements are in support of sustaining the herd mentality that appears prevalent in many of its actions and likely influenced the community’s vote.

Our national founding was based on ideas which gave us, maybe not perfect, but the best form of government in the world and Lincoln gave us accountable government “of, by and for” the people. Thus, candidates for public office must be held accountable for what they promise to do if and when elected. Ideas along with what the person has accomplished during his or her lifetime along with some statement, markers, against which their performance maybe judged if elected should be a platform hallmark and form a basis for potentially winning our votes. Anything less and we are being asked to vote blindly, apparently two-thirds of Tukwila’s electorate did just that, or maybe their crystal balls are better than mine; hearsay and a photo seem to do. I personally insist on knowing about the ideas and claims against which candidates can be judged and be held accountable if elected before I cast my votes, and hopefully my fellow voters do too before they cast theirs. Otherwise, anything goes and probably will and in many cases has done so as witness our overall caviler voting records throughout our country over the last several years.

We need civics and history as core subjects in our schools to teach our youth about government and why it’s important to know how it works and provide a basis for one to logically judge politicians, policies, legislation, promises and cast informed votes.

I interpret the election results to show about a third or more of our city voters to be somewhat unhappy with our city’s direction based on voting results, and it appears to be about the same in the last few elections. I interpret that as being something about which our elected should be concerned.

You know our council chooses to not comply with some federal laws with which it disagrees. What if city residents stopped complying with city ordnances with which we disagree? Would the city tolerate such a protest?

– Bill Holstine


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