And yes there are losers. And it’s quite alright to lose, because you know what? Today exists.
Congrats to Maggie who will win and Virginia who will likely win. Chris – please don’t concede, just let the votes become official like John Fullerton did in the last election. We are in no hurry. Democracy sometimes takes time.
Special heart felt thank you’s to both Chris and Sharon who took on extremely long shots with energy and grace. Neither (likely) winner could embrace their base, but you both did. It resulted in fairly non-descript debates, but you gave those that believe that there does exists a vision outside the current status quo growth structure a chance.
You also most likely changed the debate. The current BOS would probably not have made the reasonable concessions on some of the Housing Element and Open Space Element that Mary Ella Anderson and Virginia Graziani have reported on.
Sharon and Chris, you both stood up for a position, you’re opponents could not. This was reflected in their inability to answer questions on LoCO for example. The less amount of public access to likely continuing Supervisors Sundberg and Bass, the better. And, no, giving out your cell phone number doesn’t count as public access because you are still not accountable.
Why do I say Ryan and Virginia could not stand up for their position? Because their default position is we will not be doing anything substantial at the local level about climate change and they could not say they did not want to address it and they could not say they did not agree that climate change is real and we are causing it. While Republicans at the Federal level obstruct with the help of a dependence on the filibuster, we at the local level, even though our constituents live basically at sea level, are going to keep our head in the sand.
Having said all that. The public has spoken (likely spoken in Chris’s/Virginia’s case) and congratulations again to Ryan and Virginia. I for one will go back to learning and watching and trying to pass on what I see from a liberal perspective. I will continue to fight to find ways to make our local political system work again and help define differences between candidates even if some candidates choose party affiliations for practical reasons rather than principled ones. (Chet, I’m looking at you, but sadly, not only you.)
Candidates who do lose, especially liberals, progressives, Democrats, whatever. Stay involved publically. I know people, (largely on the other side, but on our side too) like to make being in public as difficult as possible for ordinary people. Please don’t disappear a la Larry Glass, Patrick Cleary, etc. Be part of a thoughtful and public politics. Politics should not be a bad word, we should remind people that civics depends on honest, open, thoughtful politics and thats what I think your campaigns, Chris and Sharon, were largely about.