The season that never ends
It seems like the mode of year-round campaigning has made its way to the Tar Heel state.
Just when voters sit back and analyze the actions of their newly-elected leaders, we find ourselves already being hit up for donations and bombarded with quasi-campaign commercials.
Brent Laurenz, executive director of the N.C. Center for Voter Education penned a great opinion piece regarding the state of early politicking in North Carolina.
In it he points out how Democrats, along with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory have seemingly already hit the campaign trail for the 2016 election. Just eight months after McCrory took office, Democrats around the state are starting to make pitches and explore the possibility of running against him.
Laurenz points out that McCrory isn’t just sitting back and taking it either.
A slew of television ads talking about his goals for the state paid by an independent organization supporting McCrory seems a little premature unless the focus has begun on re-election in three years.
What is the most concerning to us is the potential diversion to the very important municipal elections the latest declarations and ad campaigns may cause.
While the turnout for local elections is traditionally very low, it does not take away the importance of people learning about the candidates for town posts.
After all, it is these people that have the final say on taxes and how those dollars are spent.
Granted, while some of the say comes from Raleigh and is somewhat directed by the governor’s office, the final responsibility and accountability for your tax dollars locally is on the local representatives on the ballot this November.
As Laurenz properly states: “The election of 2016 is a lifetime away in politics and no real analysis can be offered about anyone’s electoral chances that far off. But the voters of North Carolina are going to have to get used to never-ending campaigns it seems, especially as we cement our status as a presidential battleground moving forward.”
In addition to our municipal elections this year, we have what can be a high profile election for County Commission seats and other Rutherford County officials in addition to what has already become a competitive race for U.S. Senate next year.
Our hope is that voters in Rutherford County have their focus on the matter at hand and that is local elections in two months.
From there, we can start to look at county races and a Senate election.
After all of that is settled, then we move forward to the election of 2016.
In the meantime, stay informed and proactive in learning the processes and decisions of your local and state government. It is then you can say you cast your ballot with confidence.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.