The next local election is Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Do you plan on voting?
According to election officials, voter turnout in local elections are historically low. Voters tend to come out during the national elections (General election) because of the relentless campaigning by presidential candidates and constant media coverage.
Unfortunately, voters tend to pay less attention to the local elections at great peril. The local school district, village, library, park district, and township all have the power to tax and draw hundreds of millions from our pocketbooks. Yet, less than 15% of the community even bother to vote in the local election.
Do you plan on voting on April 9, 2013?
HISTORY OF BOLINGBROOK POLITICS
For over 20 years, the Village of Bolingbrook has been controlled by registered republican, Mayor Roger Claar. To many, he's done an impressive job of turning a small, cornfield community into a thriving mini-City with new sub-divisions, retail businesses, a shopping mall and hospital.
However, Mayor Claar's critics have a different opinion. They recognize his outstanding contribution to the community, but find the lack of checks and balances uncomfortable. Claar's totalitarian style of government, and absolute control over every governmental agency in Bolingbrook, including hundreds of millions in tax dollars is disturbing.
At minimum, this can lead to a government that's inefficient and wasteful. Or at worst, a breeding ground for corruption.
It's important to point out there's a core group of Claar supporters who have no problem with the one-man, one-party rule. Many of his staunch supporters (approximately 3,000) have lived in Bolingbrook over 30 years, and vote for him and/or The First Party (Claar's slate) in every election, every 2 years, consistently.
Claar's core group of supporters are very organized, singularly focused, and make their voice count. They have solid representation in our local government.
Ironically, Claar's core group of 3,000 is not the majority. In fact, they are the minority in a community with more than 21,000 homes and potential voters.
Unfortunately, the majority of voters in Bolingbrook (migrating from surrounding communities) have very little representation. They don't bother to vote, rarely participate in local government and tend to be clueless when it comes to local politics.
Are you comfortable with this?
GOOD NEWS TO REPORT
Since 2005, voter turnout in Bolingbrook's local election is steadily increasing. The numbers are not increasing exponentially, but the trend is moving in the right direction, upward.
Please mark your calendar. April 9, 2013 is the next local election. There's a local election every 2 years. So make your voice count. Who do you want to serve as mayor, village trustee, school board, park district board, DuPage Township supervisor, collector and trustees?
For more information on the voting process, and getting registered to vote, click on link below:
Voting is just one way of participating in the democratic process. Consider running for local office. Remember, there's another election in 2 years. Use your God given talents to serve on the Village board, school board, etc.
Please keep in mind, our community is in desperate need of real diversity on our local boards. The one-man, one-party rule is anti-democratic, and expensive. It's our tax dollars that are at stake.
Make your voice count. VOTE