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Where I Stand 2012: State Offices

Oct
17

These are my picks for state offices as part of a continuing series of who I’m voting for this election cycle.

Governor: None of the Above

Every so often, you get an election with nobody worth voting for. A lot of people will just hold their nose and pick one, either at random or whoever they believe will be the least bad option. No, not me. It’s either a good option or none at all (though if the choices are particularly bad, I may pick the worst one just to speed along the inevitable implosion). Unfortunately, the governor’s race is one such spot where it’s a choice between candidates that I don’t think have much right to be there.

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GOP Primary Endorsement: John Dougall for Auditor

Jun
02

You all know that guy at work. He comes in on time, leaves on time, does his work, but never really seems to stand out. He’s been in the same position for years, never really excelling, but also never really doing bad work either. He’s comfortable to a fault, not really willing to look at existing processes to see if they need to be shaken up, but mainly because he’s been there for so long that he’s dependent on them as a kind of security blanket.¬†Unfortunately, I think current Auditor Auston Johnson is that guy. He’s not doing bad work (and I don’t mean to make personal insults), but he’s not really making the office of Auditor stand out all that much either. Unfortunately, his job (much like a county surveyor) is so dull that nobody thinks to ask “is this all this office could be doing?”¬†John Dougall, however, is willing to ask that question.

Some people are concerned about him using the office in a biased fashion. Let me relate to you a personal story. I remember the first time I met him. It was way back in 2006, and I had just learned about UTOPIA. They weren’t able to build in unincorporated county areas, and I wanted to see if something could be done to change that. (I live in an unincorporated township.) I contacted then-Rep. Dougall (he was the head of the appropriate committee) and asked if I could have some time to speak about it. Despite not being on the agenda, he gave me time to speak. He even helped me clarify what my intention was in speaking. He did all of this despite disagreeing with UTOPIA’s existence. He gave me the fairest shake any legislator could have given some schmoe citizen who’s never been to a committee hearing in his life.

Since that time, I’ve watched John approach things in a very data-driven manner, always willing to hear things out and do his own research before proposing a course of action. Does he have a particular bent on his approaches? Absolutely. Everyone does even if they would talk themselves blue in the face trying to convince you otherwise. I have full confidence, however, that he will be fair and honest in everything he does, and he’ll inject some fresh new vigor into an office that seems to have found itself in a very comfortable rut. I hope you’ll join me in supporting John Dougall for Auditor.

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