A homeowner in Waukesha for 20 years, Steve is president of the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization and enjoys motorcycling, fishing and staying on top of politics.
Show me a campaign flyer for a local candidate that doesn't say that they are for lower taxes and I'll probably faint. Recently in the news was a public official who ran as a conservative in a conservative area. They were found to have signed a Walker recall form and in a way to try to hide the fact who they really were. A wolf in sheep's clothing. They pulled one over on the voters. Then there are various local officials that were found to have signed the form. Yes, their right to do so, but it is our right to vet these people who want to represent us.
How can we be sure that who we vote for is really going to represent our beliefs? Perhaps by asking some pretty simple questions, such as:
- Who did you vote for president in 2008 and do you plan to vote Democratic or Republican in the up-coming election?
- Did you vote for Walker or Barrett for Governor?
- Did you sign a recall petition for any of the recent recall drives?
- Do you or anyone related to you belong to a public sector union. (for the record, I have 3 immediate relatives that do. It makes for great dinner discussions)
- Who did you vote for Mayor of Waukesha (if a local alderman)
You see, these questions can quickly narrow down who you want to vote for. These are not negative questions but they do show if you and this candidate will have a harmonious relation for the next several years. If they refuse to answer, then they really don't want to represent your convictions. Local elections have been called nonpartisan. Let's come back to reality, please!