Unfortunately, I did not win in my bid for County Council. That's okay- I'll take stock in the positives:
I enjoyed going door-to-door to talk issues with my neighbors. I know that more people have an understanding of what a Libertarian would do in office if elected, and dispelled some misnomers.
We found where some of our supporters are. I am hopeful this will result in more people active with the Libertarian Party.
The support of friends was tremendous! Many, many thanks to friends who braved the cold to pass out palm cards on election day, including Jim Hurst, Mark Kolovrat, Craig Witt, Lars & Pami Noldan, and Matt Mulder.
The unofficial returns have me getting 6.9% of the votes, with the Democrat getting 24.8%, and the Republican 68.3%. This was the first time this Council seat had a three-way race. It was unchallenged in 2006 with the Republican unopposed, and in 2002 Libertarian Gregg Puls got 11%, but there wasn't a Democrat in the race. Now we know where the baselines are for this area.
The best Libertarian showing in a three-way County Council race was in 2002, when Terry Baker got 8% in the district that includes Noblesville.
The turnout was really low. Just 44% of registered voters appeared at the polls. That's disappointing.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I'm up early and ready to vote. I hope you will be voting too! The votes we cast are crucial in getting policies that will grow our economies, or our governments. In my Fishers precinct I will be voting for:
Rebecca Sink-Burris, US Senate
Chard Reid, US House of Representatives, District 5
Mike Wherry, Indiana Secretary of State
Eric Knipe, Indiana Auditor
Mike Kole, Hamilton County Council, District 2
The rest will largely be a lot of blanks. Why? I won't vote for a candidate who doesn't represent my views in a high percentage. I don't expect 100% agreement. I know that isn't possible. But nor will I vote for someone I agree with less than half of the time, just because they are 'the lesser of two evils'. The lesser of two evils? Now that's a wasted vote!
Monday, November 1, 2010
The Noblesville Times has a very lengthy, comprehensive article that profiles the three candidates for Hamilton County Council, in District 2, myself included:
Kole's concerns lie in the current council's tenure saying it is time to bring in someone new."I believe that the current Council has stagnated, with the same members entrenched so long. They appear to be vastly more sensitive to the desire to preserve bureaucracy than to the need to scale back so government within the county's means," he said. "Cutting budgets is not a 'hard decision' when the money isn't there. I can help by being a presence that is unafraid to cut when cutting is the right thing to do."