Appoint County Row Offices

What Bernie said.

More elections do not equal better democracy. Democracy works better when voters have fewer politicians to pay attention to, they know who’s in charge, and it’s easy to figure out who deserves credit or blame.

In this case, there’s more accountability if voters a County Executive, he or she staffs up the appointed positions, and then 4 years later voters get to look back and decide whether the County’s been well-run.

It’s hard enough for voters to figure out how to apportion credit or blame between the Executive and the legislative branch. Adding a bunch of other elected positions, where voters have no idea what the relevant issues are, only serves to scramble political accountability.

Especially when the national party labels are so badly suited to the local issue space.

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