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Candidates for municipal elections this fall can rest at ease. The Sun has decided not to ask you to “voluntarily disclose state and federal income tax information.” No, they “have not gone so far.” They “just want candidates to state their annual individudal and/or family income, as well as group associations.”
Most of us who follow politics in the City are aware of candidates’ personal, professional and political affiliations and what “clan” they belong to. It becomes obvious as you see them on the campaign trail and as you speak to them.
Voters have an obligation to educate themselves. I do not think knowing a candidate’s income or source of income in detail is necessary. We know what they all do for work and if they have a track record in the community, which most of them do, we can figure out their affiliation. And if you have time and the inclination, you can see who is supporting them financially.
The great majority of candidates are readily available for you to talk to. You do not need the Sun to filter or interpret what they have to say. Give them a call or find them on social media. They are ready to explain why they are running and what they want to accomplish and of course, ask you for your support. On his blog Dick has a page with contact information for most of the candidates.
For me where one stands on issues is paramount. If you listen closely and read carefully, you can easily figure out what their positions are. For example, regarding negotiating with the City Manager to extend his contract; you can tell who is trying to practice the fine art of triangulation and who is clear and succinct in expressing their views.
By the way is the Sun following Jack on facebook and on LiL and now wants us to watch out for “shady Lowell”? I am not sure.
In calling for all candidates “to be as transparent as possible” the Sun is asking the candidates to disclose some information including “associations that might raise conflict-of-interest issues.” I wonder if a special relationship with selected Sun staff falls under that category.
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