Less than a week until this year's primary election and Mayor Bart Peterson is rolling out a new campaign ad. The ad focuses on Peterson's crime fighting accomplishments, but he faces an opponent who says the mayor should be focusing
on much more than crime.
In an ad Peterson says, "My number one priority is a war against crime. We've ended the early release of criminals, we have substantially increased the number of police officers on the streets."
Peterson's little-known Democratic primary opponent Tony Knight thinks public education and public transportation are the most important issues. Knight is a high school administrator. He tells Ponce his goal is to win 10,000 votes. Good luck. I wonder if there will even be many more than that number of people who will bother to vote in next week's Democratic or Republican primary elections. There's absolutely no buzz about this primary here in Marion County as there are in other communities around the state.
The Star ran a story today on the GOP candidates for mayor. The party is backing Greg Ballard. He has $10,000 in the bank. Mayor Peterson has about $3 million. As a person who would like to see things shaken up in city government, this election offers next to no hope. I received a flyer in the mail from the Marion County GOP Chairman Tom John today, which tells me to vote for Ballard and the four at-large party-backed candidates for CCC, Ed Coleman, Michael Hegg, Michael Jezierski and Kent Smith. John writes, "Our Marion County Republican candidates are the best qualified and have a vision for the future of our community." For some reason, I'm just not feeling it.
If you do decide to vote next week, you'll have no shortage of government employees to choose from among the council candidates. The Republicans have fielded 14 candidates who earn a living from a government payroll, while the Democrats have at least 16 candidates for council on a government payroll.