Every few years, Polk County’s “Super Tuesday” city commission election date falls on April Fool’s Day. This is one of the years.
And if it inspires a chuckle on part of voters, it serves as an easy way to remember the date.
Some years ago, Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards announced that her staff could no longer manage a dozen or more city elections held as part of the general election process. She recommended that cities standardize on a “Super Tuesday” election on the first Tuesday in April. All but four of Polk’s 17 incorporated municipalities have done so.
We think it was a good idea, in that it focuses attention on city government — the government that is closest to the voter and which arguably can do the most for you, or to you.
Few of us can hope to have much influence on our members of Congress, and only a few more of us on our state legislative delegations.
But city government is friends and neighbors government, and the chances are that one or more members of the city commission are friends of yours. You can reach them, and they probably will pay attention to your views.
We do not subscribe to the mantra that everyone has an obligation to vote, even if he or she has no idea who the candidates are or where they stand on the issues. We believe that an informed vote is what the elective process is all about, not simply making a random mark on a ballot.
We prefer to remind those who have informed themselves about the candidates and the issues that next Tuesday, April 1, is election day.
For those who are undecided, there is still time to make an informed decision.
This newspaper has published several stories about the candidates, including half-page stories devoted to interviews with each one, as well as co-sponsoring a public forum in which candidates answered questions from the audience. Profiles on the candidates can be found at our web site, www.polkcountydemocrat.com.
Pursuant to those interviews and that forum, we have recommended the election of Trish Pfeiffer, based on her extensive record of community service, her sound ideas, and her passion for better government.
Writers of letters to the editor of this newspaper have taken opposing views, which we appreciate. The editorial page is a forum for that purpose.
One of the most powerful endorsements a candidate can receive is the posting of yard signs at homes of people willing to publicly express their support. See who your friends are supporting, and ask them on what they base their decision.
There are plenty of sources to learn about the candidates; nobody ever made a poorer decision by having too much information.
Tuesday is the day to cast an informed vote for a new city commissioner.