Anyone who has been following national politics for the last 18 month is probably as tired as I am when it comes to the 2016 Presidential election. The name calling, finger pointing, the media bias and no real discussion on the issues.
However, when it comes to local politics in Springfield, the silly season is roughly five weeks or less if we are lucky.
The signs started popping up on lawns around town around at the end of September. The signs are exactly the same as they were in previous years, just the names have changed. This year neither sign has a catchy tag line, just the names of the candidates.
I’m not the first person to say this, but there are no party issues at the local level. Those who are party centric tend to hamper progress because they don’t separate party politics from the needs of the town from the state or country.
In the coming weeks look in your mail box and you will see your first positive piece of local political literature that extols the qualifications of the four candidates. Then it is usually followed up with negative piece attacking the candidate’s qualifications on one side and blaming the other party for all the woes in the town. This is the “spin” to sway you.
The last piece will probably be a combination of the first two pieces that will hit your mailbox the day before the election. As an added bonus, you might receive a personal letter from someone in town you may not know unless you are in the political know.
What I can tell you about the candidates first is that they are all good people and our neighbors and that is the most important part of the election. Second, they deserve a thank you for wanting to serve. It is generally a thankless job and the yearly stipend doesn’t begin to cover the time dedicated to the town or away from family.
For my final thoughts, ignore the party affiliation and look at the qualifications of the candidates. All you really need is good sound judgment.
At the end of the day we are Springfield first.
Editor’s Note: Marc Krauss is an eight year resident of Springfield and served on the Springfield Township Committee from 2010 – 2012 and on numerous boards. He is also a retired Army Major with over 21 years of active duty service.