Obama and Clinton and Huckabee and McCain and Romney - I still don't know which one would screw up our country more if elected president. Fortunately, that decision is still months away. I'm much more excited about the local election just around the corner.
It's fairly easy to distinguish the three mayoral candidates from one another. I've labeled each, initially, according to his and her's individual characteristics. Mr. Regular Working Business Guy, Mr. Wild Maverick Developer Guy and Ms. Experienced Past Mistakes Lady. Sounds harsh, I know, but we all do the same thing, initially.
I look forward to sitting down with each and hearing how they plan to make Kingman better in two years. My hope is that each, along with the nine seeking City Council seats, will agree to meet with the Miner's Editorial Board in a couple of weeks.
And that's where you come in.
I'm inviting two regular readers to join our Editorial Board, which meets bi-monthly to discuss issues of community interest. I'm looking for two intelligent individuals with strong opinions to meet with the Board during the candidate interviews and at regular meetings every two months for six months, then we'll bring in a couple new ones.
If this interests you, and you have the time to do it, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 753-6397, ext. 222. As a board, I would like for us to all agree on the best choices for Council and mayor. I don't expect that to happen, but if it does, then we have four outstanding people to endorse.
The real plus with these interviews is printing the candidates' responses in the paper. It's their own ideas, in their own words, and readers can ascertain which candidates fit best.
And that's where you come in ... again.
Do you have a burning question you'd like a candidate to answer? I would love to hear it. If it's good, we'll ask them. I presume we will ask the nine Council candidates the same three or four questions, while we'll tailor questions to fit the three mayoral candidates. Board members will be free to ask any follow-up questions, but we want these interviews to be rather short, so that readers don't die from boredom reading them. I'm not saying the candidates would be boring, just having to read so much text. It hurts my eyes and I do this for a living.
Each of the three candidates for mayor is wonderfully unique, with clear visions (I think) of what Kingman could and should be, so I anticipate lively discussions. We plan to run all the responses in February leading up to the election, with a "candidates at a glance" box comparing them side by side on important issues and the Editorial Board's picks the Sunday before the election. At least that's the plan.
Which is where you come in a final time.
Your job is to read what these folks have to say, read what the board thinks, attend a candidates' forum if you came to see them up close, then make good choices after you pull the curtain closed.
That's all you have to do.