Tuesday is election day, and (as usual) I am here to help. Everyone always asks me what I think as far as the candidates go, and so what follows is what I think. I’ve written a little about some of the races, but on a lot I just gave you who I think should win.
[[Disclaimer: I am a liberal. I like being a liberal. I am also a pragmatist. I will not vote for a candidate that I think has no chance in hell of winning.]]
I’m only going to do my ballot on here, but if you have questions before Tuesday, hit me on FB/Twitter/email and I will help you out.
To find your ballot:
- MN Secretary of State website has a polling place search and you can download a sample ballot for your specific races
- The League of Women Voters has candidate responses to questions
- The Strib has a ballot finding system too, and some short candidate responses
[Update]For some slightly different views on the MPLS school board and soil/water candidates, theballot.org has compiled their own list. I’m standing by my picks as of right now, but their picks are also fine. Those races were kind of a toss up for me.
*** Governor: Mark Dayton ***
I almost used “blink” tag on that title. The governor’s race is so important this year, and even if you voted for a different person on every single one of the rest of the recommendations I make – please don’t let Emmer win.
I don’t care what Horner has convinced you of, whether he sounds reasonable (he’s a PR guy, he’s good at that) or if his campaign has convinced you Dayton is just too leftist. If you are a left-leaning voter or a moderate and you vote for Horner, you are electing Emmer.
Mark Dayton is a stand up guy. On jobs, on health care, on education, on GLBT rights, on women’s rights, on transportation, on energy and the environment: he’s got it right. The next two years are going to be rough ones in this state (if you haven’t been paying much attention, we are in quite a crisis right now) and we need someone who is going to right this ship, not someone who’s going to sink us.
Vote for Dayton, people.
*** US Representative District 5: Keith Ellison ***
This is pretty much a “duh” vote. Keith has been great in DC. He’s going to win: last election he got about 70% of the vote. Let’s keep it that way.
*** State Senator District 61: Linda Berglin ***
*** State Representative District 61B: Jeff Hayden ***
*** Secretary of State: Mark Ritchie ***
Give this guy a freakin hand. He has had an intense year with the Franken/Coleman recount and the fact that we don’t have major lawsuits over the whole thing means he did a damned good job when the margin of election was that slim.
*** State Auditor: Rebecca Otto ***
I can’t tell you the story I know about Pat Anderson, because I don’t really want to run even the most minor risk of being sued, so let’s just say that Otto is a nice, sane, competent person and that’s what we’d like to see in office.
*** Attorney General: Lori Swanson ***
She stood up to Tim Pawlenty this year when he tried to pressure her to sue the federal government over the health care bill. Gold star.
*** County Commissioner District 3: Gail Dorfman ***
I’ve been seeing all these Barry Lazarus signs around, but when I went and read up on him I was baffled as to why anyone would want to elect him. Plus I always think the signs say “Baby Lazarus” before my brain can reprocess the bad typesetting. It’s off-putting.
*** Minneapolis School Board: Chanda Smith Baker & Richard Mammen *** [Updated]
I’m going to throw my lot in here with the Stonewall DFL’s endorsement.
[Update] My friend Kristy notes some discomfort about Smith Baker because of where she sends her own children to school and the fact that they go to a suburban school and yet she wants to lead the Minneapolis schools. So if that makes you uncomfortable too, my third choice is T. Williams.
[Update, part two] Smith Baker responded below, explaining where her kids go to school. Good job monitoring online presence, by the way.
*** Associate Justice 2: Helen Meyer ***
*** Associate Justice 6: Alan Page ***
Because Alan Page is awesome! Seriously.
*** Court of Appeals 13: Randolph Peterson ***
When you look up the language of his opponent (most of the judicial candidates I’m not backing use similar language), it is incredibly clear that they plan on being ideologically conservative judges. “Strict constitutionalist” and “stop activist judges” = we don’t like court decisions that conflict with conservative politics. I won’t vote for them.
*** Court of Appeals 14: Larry Stauber ***
*** Soil and Water 2 & 4: see my notes ***
Hell, I never know who to vote for here. So, based on their bios – it looks like Scott Tracy would probably be good (for district 2) and David Rickert seems like he’s got relevant experience (for district 4). Let me know if you’re passionate about someone else and I’ll consider them.
*** Insidery Charter Amendment proposal: Um, maybe? ***
What it looks like is an attempt to address issues of disparity in redistricting. But what I’m not sure of is whether this is a short- or long-vision thing. Like, is this being done with the current commission in mind? Because they will change and could be people we don’t want redistricting. Or is the current process really too political?
Will someone please enlighten me? I’m on the fence here. And on the fence tends to push me towards status quo. So as of right now, at 10:47 p.m., I’m going “no,” but that could change.