I of course join the Eureka Teacher’s Association and the Humboldt Democrats as a proud endorser of Lisa Ollivier. In fact I put in a little time yesterday (not enough) canvassing my neighborhood for Lisa’s campaign. It was the first time I had ever done this and was a great experience. I hope we can start getting more people involved in this first hand, grassroots democracy. It’s very rewarding.
With that disclosure, I am also a strong believer in public participation. I think our side (progressives, liberals, Democrats, whatever) has an important message to deliver and we need to do as much as we can to get our message out there. While I will probably disagree with John Fullerton on a bunch (not all, but a bunch), I DO appreciate his willingness to engage in the local blogs. I have seen him on Fred’s blog (9/29 post on Eureka School Board) as well as Sohum Parlance. I recommend you to both, especially his detailed posts on Sohum.
I don’t ding Lisa for not being as involved because a) I’m biased and b) I am very aware that working people (and parents) don’t have the time to be everywhere all the time – but I do hope she will join the fun. It’s not going to decide the election, but I am a believer that the blogs and digital realm more generally are going to be increasingly important to elections. Which I consider a great thing over the alternative (television campaign ads).
Also, rather than generating a new post for each update, I think I’m going to update this post (here not the comments) with my opinions on the daily opinion page talley for the TS. I’m going to offer a judgment (as fair as possible) on their coverage of this election.