Friday, April 9, 2010

Murfreesboro City Elections Experiment: Day 2

Twenty-four hours ago, I e-mailed every candidate in the Murfreesboro City Elections on April 20. My April 8 blog post lists all of the candidates, the questions I asked of them, if they have responded, and their responses.

All e-mails were sent between 11 a.m. and noon on Friday, April 9.

MAYORAL RACE
So far I have heard from both mayoral candidates. Neither of them impressed me with their responses. I would really like a third candidate, to be honest. Mayor Bragg simply passed along my complaints to other elected officials; he wasn't willing to address many of them himself. That's not a sign of good leadership.

Candidate Davis' responses were overly superficial and showed a lack of depth of thought. I would really like to know how he thinks he can cut city debt by cutting taxes, given that tax revenues are already declining at a rapid rate, which is increasing the city's debt.

In all honesty, I would prefer a third candidate.

CITY COUNCIL
Of the nine City Council candidates, I have heard back from two of them. I am reserving judgment until I hear from more candidates. If I don't hear from any more by the end of the weekend, then I'll pass judgment in absentia.

SCHOOL BOARD
Of the six candidates for the school board, I have heard back from three of them. Again, I am reserving judgment until I hear from more candidates. If I don't hear from any more by the end of the weekend, then I'll pass judgment in absentia.

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