I hate waiting in the election lines so I decided to walk down to the Election Board office in the City-County building and cast my vote today. I would encourage others to take advantage of this if you're in the downtown area - I was in and out in less than 5 minutes.
I'm not going to do city-wide endorsements here at FWL but I decided I would share with everyone who I chose to vote for.
Mayor - Tom Henry
This decision was a no-brainer. Kelty is a train wreck and I'd like to keep the city from going down the toilet. Henry has the experience, and the support of experienced people, to keep the city moving in the right direction. He'll be an honest leader and one I think we can all be proud of.
3rd District - Deb McBride
I don't have anything particularly bad to say about Tom Didier. However, he didn't support the smoking ban and he did support Harrison Square so I simply won't support him. I've had the opportunity to speak with Deb several times and I think she would make a good councilmember. Unfortunately her campaign has been very low-key so I don't think enough voters have heard her message.
At Large - John Crawford, John Shoaff, Denise Porter-Ross
John Crawford championed the smoking ban, in an election year nonetheless, and if that were the only reason to support Crawford he would still get my vote. However, Crawford has also been very willing to engage citizens in discussion of the issues and his arguments are typically well-researched and logical.
John Shoaff is the candidate I agree with more than any other candidate on city council. He was for the smoking ban and against Harrison Square. At almost every council meeting I find myself nodding in agreement when Shoaff presents his opinion on the issues.
The toughest decision for me was between Liz Brown and Denise Porter-Ross. I've had the opportunity to meet Denise and I know how hard she works to give citizens a voice in local government. Ultimately the deciding factor for me was Liz Brown's comments at the YLNI forum where she seemed to indicate that she would support the state's current property-to-income tax redistribution option. This would significantly raise my taxes and hurt many other working class families as well.
UPDATE: I forgot to include Sandy Kennedy. She is very well respected and has done a good job as city clerk. Nobody is running against her but she likely would've received my vote anyway