For the ordinary citizen, the political season is a short two month period from Labor Day to the November election day of an even-numbered year. Most ordinary civic-minded citizens of our democracy limit their interest to that brief expanse of time. Sadly, an ever-increasing number of our citizens don’t even have that much involvement..but that’s the subject of a different post.
For those of us who have an interest in influencing the selection of candidates we select to represent us, political season begins on Labor Day of the odd-numbered year, and continues until the final election of the cycle. Here in heavily-Democratic Sonoma County, that means that politicians of all persuasions (except the most conservative) will be gathering at the Carpenter’s Hall on Corby Avenue in Santa Rosa, for a Labor Day breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon, along with enough networking to stock a sales convention.
Who is running for the open seats? One State Senator is term-limited, and several seats are coming open on City Councils around the County.
What entrenched incumbents have been caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar? Here in the County, it was a neighbor’s window screen, but it’s the same idea.
Who is up-and-coming, and who is over the hill? Gossip, gossip, gossip. Politics thrives on gossip, and only the very best politicians know when to gossip, and when to keep their mouths shut.
For those of us who are engaged, it is only a game we are playing, but a game that is vital to our country’s survival. Like profession football, politics is a team sport that tends to be dominated by players with large egos, On September 7th, I will be there for the kickoff. I hope many of you join me.