Halloween’s over, but something even scarier is bound to appear in these remaining days before Tuesday’s elections. Allegations will arise, rumors will spread, and misinformation will pepper conversations about candidates and their positions on issues. Those garish costumes might get put away, but some of the masks will remain.
Local elections are always infinitely more difficult than presidential or even state-level affairs. They involve difficult choices between neighbors and friends, and the ramifications of those choices can have a lasting impact while waiting in line at the grocery store or attending the high school football game. The national party affiliations some wear like an old blanket become stretched and frayed in the face of issues that more directly affect our daily lives. Dyed-in-the-wool Republicans might find themselves advocating for higher taxes to support their child’s education, while lifelong Democrats might wonder how they ended up advocating for smaller government and tighter controls on spending. Calvin Coolidge once referred to these as “pocketbook issues,” and nowhere does our vote matter more.