Tuesday, Nov. 5 is the general election. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, we will have a good sense of what changes are on the horizon. One thing that will not change: that everyone running for mayor and council will still live here in Edmonds. We will all still be members of the community that we love to serve, have family and friends here and look forward to the next set of programs and activities to be a part of.
So, I cannot understand why there has been so many personal attacks so far in the campaign cycle. What is the point of creating division and alienation in the name of supporting your candidate of choice? It is not necessary to spend so much energy going negative against one candidate to highlight your choice of another.
In crafting this message, some advised me not to do it as it would open to the door for those same people to make personal attacks against me. Well, if that’s the case, the reality is that it was going to happen anyway and was only a matter of time.
Is it possible to run a positive race? It is, but it will take leadership from those running to speak to it. Four years ago, then-candidate Dave Teitzel and I met one on one to discuss our campaigns. We decided not to “go negative” because we saw no reason to do so, and also recognized that we’re going to be community members that would end up working together after Election Day. I will always respect the fact that he (and I) honored this agreement, and the outside rhetoric was kept to a minimum.
I won’t participate in personal and unsubstantiated attacks on anyone running for office. One obviously cannot control what others say/do/write about a candidate they are not supporting, but I am optimistically requesting that candidates take a stance against negative campaigning and encourage others around them to do the same.
Support your campaign and/or candidate of choice by highlighting experience and merits, not by tearing down others.