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February 25, 2011


bill kostar

The sad fact is that so few residents vote in KC, because city government is viewed, not as a public entity which represents and provides services to them, but as a small gang of insiders, consultants, developers, special-interest pleaders, identity politics shouters, and assorted hangers-on that has little interest in reuglar folks until election time. And that correct perception has been established by many year of behavior and priorities at city hall.
Maybe the new administration can change that reality through setting serious prioirties, engaging the public, and being serious about what municipal government can actually do.

Eric Sundquist

Isn't this the way it works? You can't really blame the 3rd district for not voting. It takes a lot of work to figure out who the candidates are and what they stand for if they don't come to your neighborhood and aggressively campaign. It is hard enough for an average joe to know who everyone is and who to vote for. But if you are worrying about how you are going to get to work, or how you will find a job, or how to feed your kids, you have more important things to do than go to the library to use their internet and read confusing and contradictory statements about who all the candidates are. And so, as you pointed out, the cycle continues. The politicians see that the poor districts don't vote, don't give money and don't have influence, so they don't try to win their votes. And we keep going.

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