Running for office shouldn't be a joke
It’s no secret that it’s election season, which has also commonly been referred to by local residents as the “silly season.” It’s the time of year when candidates are walking their wards or districts in attempts to better understand the needs of constituents.
It’s also a time when the media is contacting candidates to get their opinions and points of view in order to give readers or viewers a glimpse into various local campaigns, from Warwick City Council to Senate seats, and more.
For the Warwick Beacon staff, the last few months have been consumed with interviewing candidates to get their stance on issues that impact us all.
With that said, it’s particularly disturbing to us that a few candidates seem completely unavailable for interviews. Candidates are neglecting to return phone calls or reply to emails. While it’s quite possible they are not interested in being interviewed, which is perfectly fine, it’s only common courtesy to let us know.
One can assume if a candidate is lax in getting in touch with the media, the same might be true for constituents.
Another troubling issue we’ve come across is the fact that a select few candidates seem to be uninformed on the issues that have been widely covered not only by this newspaper, but by other media outlets. From our view, it’s startling that candidates appear to be totally out of touch with local government.
It could be said that they have no business seeking election in the first place and, if elected, would be utterly useless.
We’re not naming names, but it should be evident to readers which candidates are whole-heartedly invested in the race and which candidates aren’t.
A run for elective office should be taken seriously. If a candidate is unwilling to work as hard as he or she can to educate themselves about local government – or if they are amazingly clueless to it all, they should drop out. Otherwise, election time will not only be viewed as the “silly season,” it will be considered an absolute joke.