Editorial—Remember: All the candidates wish to serve their communities

By on March 31, 2011

This week, we provided extensive coverage of the contested races within the Kaneland communities.

We chose to publish our election coverage in Q&A format, in order to give for the candidates the opportunity to describe themselves and their views in their own words.

We did as little editing as possible, mostly for space and grammatical reasons.

What you will find in our election pages, then, are the words as written by a broad group of people with a broad range of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and philosophies.

Yet, one thing they all have in common is a desire to serve; a desire to see our communities improve.

Elections can get heated, as those who support candidates begin to argue and debate the legitimate differences that separate the candidates from each other. This is true whether the election is at the national or local level.

We have seen past elections that run smoothly, with the legitimate differences debated—sometimes vigorously—but with all sides remaining respectful of the other parties. We have also seen the uglier side of local elections in the past, with flyers left in public, anonymously attacking a candidate, or individuals posting comments full of personal attacks on our website, or the rumor mill started up with little to no basis in fact.

As the final days approach prior to the Tuesday, April 5, election, we have yet to receive word that anything untoward has occurred, and we hope that the trend continues. We hope that people can discuss and debate the differences between the candidates without emotions boiling over and without the ugly side of elections coming through.

Democracy often is not pretty, and there is a need for issues to be debated and argued, and there certainly is a need for candidates to be thoroughly explored prior to a vote being cast. Even as unattractive as it can appear at times, the sometimes seemingly chaotic discussions that precede an election are a vital component to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to express their views and explore the candidates, their backgrounds and expertiese, and their philosophies.

That being said, we urge our readers and viewers to remember—especially if in the midst of a heated discussion—the one thing in common each candidate has, as mentioned above, is despite the differences you may have with a candidate or a candidate’s views, remember that they seek office to serve and help make our community a better place.

One Comment

  1. RM

    March 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    While I believe most people seek office to help make our community a better place, some have other less altruistic motives. We’d all be wise to remember that when we vote.