We need fewer partisan elections, not more

Kudos to Robert Folks for his column last week on why making school board elections partisan is a terrible idea.

If we are going to make changes on the local level, we need to be making ministerial positions such as auditor, treasurer, coroner, etc. nonpartisan. Politics simply does not come into play as to whether a candidate is qualified for such a position.

I am reminded of George Washington’s farewell address, where he foresaw the damage to this great country from the rise of political parties.

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

One only needs to look at our national political scene to see his dire prediction has come to pass with both parties.

I submit this is the last thing we need to have happen to the entity we entrust with the education of our children and grandchildren.

Steve Willis


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