The campaign has started. Mark Cassidy is the first to officially advertise his campaign in the August 24th, 2013 local paper. A simple well thought out ad that quickly catches a voter’s eye. And aside from where he may stand on various issues, it is an ad easy to retain in the mind’s eye come October 21st. Well done Mr. Cassidy.
It is puzzling as to why other candidates have not already stepped up to the plate and become very public about their candidacy or platform issues. Maybe working quietly behind the scenes to eventually crunch in as much as they can between September 23rd and voting day will work the charm for them. Maybe they are waiting for one of the incumbents to step forward to snip the ribbon at the starting gate. Maybe they are holding off because it is easier to trip up during a longer campaign. Maybe there really isn’t an election coming up.
Looking next door to the capital of this province, one can actually hear more than a whisper of the upcoming election. Mayoral candidates have started their campaign to gain name recognition as well as their positions on various issues, some which will directly affect St. Albert. Is there a reason why St. Albert’s Mayoral candidates haven’t started here?
For the first time voters will be electing candidates for a four year period. Four years can accumulate a lot of positives for residents, but with its present track record, it is highly doubtful that the present political machine will actually do that. If candidates seem to be skirting the issues, cater to a few select supporters or special interests and only offer residents a brief “reality show”, St. Albert is in real trouble for the next four years.
Can candidates accept voter apathy? Or are they a part of the problem? Maybe October 21st will show a landslide victory for Apathy itself.