Just because the federal government yells the loudest and embarrasses us the most, doesn’t mean it has the most direct impact on our day-to-day lives. It’s localgovernment that stands as the foundation of American democracy. And it’s decisions made at the city level that most directly affect us as residents.
This year, voters will be asked to choose three at-large City Council members from a slate of 11 and the city’s chief executive from a field of four mayoral hopefuls. We composed candidate questionnaires and combed through reams of responses; heard from candidates and advocates on both sides of the ballot measure, and debated the issues among ourselves.
Here’s what we think.