Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Megan Risborn's Terribly Poor Strategy

Megan Risborn, chairperson of the Salt Lake County Democrats has said as part of her strategy she'll target Salt Lake City Council districts 1&3. The other day I said this may backfire. This strategy is a very, very poor one. It is a terrible idea. To bring the Democratic party into the race will provoke a response from county Republicans. Megan Risborn will turn the non- affiliated municipal races into just another partisan catfight. As it stands, Salt Lake City residents can choose their municipal leadership based on something other than party affiliation. This has brought out some very good candidates and fostered some excellent discussions. Megan Risborn's stragegy will do nothing but pigeonhole candidates and voters into categories that may not actually apply to them. Is Ms. Risborn truly prepared to wreck the only political sphere we have left in which we can participate without having to be labled by the partisans.


Blogger Reach Upward said...

I concur that the non-partisan nature of city councils is a strength. The members of my city's council are free to make decisions independent of their personal party affiliation and many of our best council members do not fit well into a single party pidgeon hole. Political parties don't have to devote resources to these local races, allowing them to focus on bigger issues. It's a win for everyone.

6/01/2005 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Isn't her last name Risbon?

And is there really such thing as a non-partisan municipal office? Rocky is technically non-partisan, but who believes that? I'm sure anyone who pays attention to politics in Utah could read the biography of any candidate and guess their party affiliation correctly 98% of the time.

Districts 1 and 3 should belong to Democrats. District 1 is mostly within Ralph Becker's legislative district (dist 24). He got 68% of the vote last November. District 3 is basically Duane Bordeaux's legislative district (dist 23). He also defeated his Republican opponent by more than 2 to 1 last year.

If a challenger is going to win in an off-off-year election against an incumbent, I don't see how declaring a party affiliation can do anything but help get out more of the party faithful in those districts.

*But I'm still not impressed with Leslie Reynolds-Benns.

6/01/2005 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Risbon. You're right. I got it right the other day, but today I just didn't pay attention.

6/01/2005 02:20:00 PM  
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