Small town elections bring big lies

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Posted Sun, Sep 23, 2012

GET OUT AND VOTE!: Small Businesses show who they support in a campaign. (Photo by Ashley King)

LITTLETON, Colo. – Elections are coming Nov. 6, – the day we exercise our civic duties and elect the officials we would like to see running our country, state, county and city.

Almost everyone who owns a TV, or has logged onto the internet has seen the campaign ads between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. While there are a few positive ads, most have been negative.

Is it like this with all campaigns — even the elections in Littleton? Well, there are few differences between national and local governments.

Phil Cernanec (Photo courtesy of Littleton City Council)

Most members of a small government have another job outside the government. Littleton city councilman Phil Cernanec, has a career as a district manager for Waddell and Reed, a financial advising company. Littleton city councilman Jerry Valdes, has two careers — one of which is working with the Denver Broncos.

Jobs within the city government tend to be part-time, and officials don’t care as much about making a livelihood off working in the government. Whereas in national or even state governments, a person’s life depends on what they do in a government, because that is their career.

Small town officials are everyday people, who go to work in an office, store, or construction site like their constitutes. These officials are our friends and neighbors, and genuinely care about the people in their town. In fact, they like going around and meeting people and knowing what their needs are, so they can help them.

They also have similar interests with their town’s citizens. “I like to go camping and fishing,” Valdes said, which a lot of people in Colorado enjoy. The city elected officials also have families, and just like most people they love spending time with their families.

Jerry Valdes (Photo courtesy of Littleton City Council)

Since the members of our local government are connected and care about everyone, they are going to be their true selves. They are usually going to run an honest campaign. “I can’t imagine not running an honest campaign,” Cernanec said.

When running a campaign in a small town, the candidates like to go door to door introducing themselves, and getting to know their community and saying what issues are important to them. Generally they do not bring up their opponent, or talk badly about them.

Mostly small town elections bring out the positives in each candidate, and avoid the negative.

However, Valdes found some difficulties when he was running for office last year. It wasn’t coming from another candidate; instead it was coming from a supporter of the opposition. The supporter was spreading some lies. “A local reporter jumped on that a little bit,” Valdes said. Media tends to go after candidates whether it’s national or local.

Elections tend to be the same no matter how big or how small they are. They are full of slander and lies are spread around like wildfire. It may not always come from the same source, but it does come around.

 

 

-Election day is always the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, according to Wikipedia.

-In some states Election day is considered a civic holiday

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About Ashley King

I have lived in Colorado for most of my life, and love living here. I'm a student at Metro working toward my degree in Creative Writing, with a minor in journalism.

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3 Responses to “Small town elections bring big lies”

  1. Simone DeAlba Says:

    Not too suprised to see a politician claiming that the media is lying or sensationalizing their profession. It comes with the territory. Nice to see an article about what it’s like to be a “small town” public servant, very interesting, must be tough finding the balance between two jobs.

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  2. Spencer Hunt Says:

    All too often small town goverment gets over looked with all the current national problems. It’s good to see an atricle written about the similarities between memebers and not only the differences

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  3. Scott Corbridge Says:

    It always seems like the national campaigns for the presidency overshadows those of the city campaigns for those individuals trying to help improve our state. It’s nice to know that people understand that the state elections are just as important as the presidential debate.

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