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Well It’s (Almost) Done

Well, after much research and pondering, my 2008 election ballot is nearly completed.  Despite there really only being a few very tough choices for me to make on the ballot, it wound up taking me quite a bit of time.  Voting can be exhausting when every race doesn’t have a clearly superior candidate.  (*Whine whine, whinge whinge*)

One novel experience that this ballot afforded me was voting in a new sort of race.  A race in which I genuinely liked both candidates.  This race was, unfortunately, not any of the “big” races, but rather the race for District 1 County Commissioner.  Both candidates, Todd Mielke and Dr. Kim Thorburn, seem like bang-up choices for the job.  They both have tight ties to the local community, excellent credentials, and a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and infrastructure.

When faced with such a choice between two stellar candidates, I have to admit, I was just kind of stuck.  So stuck in fact that I was driven to do more research to find some sort of deal-killer with respect to one candidate or the other.  Really, though, the worst I could find about either were just small things on each side with which I don’t quite agree.  (E.g. Mielke’s vague references to “family values” in his campaign materials, which is all-to-often a synonym for intolerant, blinkered social policy, but isn’t always.)

In the end, it seems like my vote’s going to have to come down not to qualifications or belief, but rather to priorities.  One of the big differences between the candidates seems to be their top priorities.  Dr. Thorburn’s running with a public health emphasis and Todd Mielke on an economics and infrastructure platform.  Quite frankly, while public health is indeed important, what Spokane needs right now is some serious attention paid to insuring that our economic growth continues despite the tanking economy.  We also need some serious work put into shoring up a transportation and services infrastructure that has been, quite frankly, laughable for as long as most residents can remember.

Honestly, I feel bad about casting a vote in the race because whoever I vote for it means that a totally qualified candidate will be losing out on the position.  Who knew that a race between great candidates could be so much tougher to decide that one between terrible candidates?  Still, as frustrating as the choice is, I sincerely hope that I get to make a lot more tough decisions like this in the future.

Posted in Politics.