Information drives who we should pick as leaders | Chuck Parrish

And now the tough part. We have done our homework. How do we decide? That, friends, is up to each of us. However, let’s not succumb to the worst reason ever to vote for someone: Because they asked us first, and they are nice people.

Let’s be honest: Most of us are low-information voters.  We take short cuts to decide how to vote. We read the voters pamphlet and talk to whoever comes to our door.

Instead, let’s take a little extra time. Let’s consider ourselves absentee owners of a government enterprise. We want competent, experienced people to run things so that we can get on with our lives. We can start, as any employer would, by reviewing candidate resumes. Their web presences are their resumes. Why do they believe that they are the right person for the job? What informs us that they are ready to take the reins of government as mayor, council member or school board director? How long have they been a resident? How have they served the Tukwila community in the past? Are they past their prime or too inexperienced? What is their vision for Tukwila or the school district?

And now the tough part. We have done our homework. How do we decide? That, friends, is up to each of us. However, let’s not succumb to the worst reason ever to vote for someone: Because they asked us first, and they are nice people.

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