Friday, October 25, 2013

The real benefit of Council by District

Ladies and gentlemen, as a blogger and political activist, I feel a need to hop up on my soap box for a moment. I would like to talk about one of the great benefits of Detroiters electing their City Council by district instead of doing so on a citywide basis like we used to.

There are many beautiful things about the fact that Detroit is now electing its City Council by district, instead of citywide. For starters, it's a lot easier to combat blatant lies that your opponent circulates.

When your opponent tells everyone who will listen that your preferred candidate doesn't really live in the district, it's easy for voters to ask the people who have been living next door to him for years if he really lives there. They can talk to his neighbors, his mailman, his pizza delivery guy, and anyone else to see the truth for themselves.

When your opponent tells everyone that your candidate took money from the insurance industry to screw over his own constituents, it's really easy to show them your candidate's voting record from his time in the state legislature - a voting record that is one of the most pro-consumer in Lansing.

Voters in Detroit aren't as stupid as some people make them out to be. More importantly, now that we're electing our council by district, it's easy to check a lot of these things. In the end, not only does your candidate emerge vindicated, but your opponent ends up looking like a desperate asshole.

I am so looking forward to Election Day. It's a new day in Detroit and those who resort to the same old tricks are going to get screwed.

Update @ 2:30 p.m.
This conversation has prompted a rather lengthy discussion on Facebook. I have the privacy settings for that post set to public so anyone can see it. It is available here.
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