Generations ago, leaders thought local elections should be protected from state and national issues. We're still dealing with the effects of that thinking today.
I first ran in a municipal election in 1981 and have won and lost some ever since. Randolph county hasn’t elected a democrat to local office in more than 40 years, so nonpartisan elections are the only hope for any alternative viewpoints. Our legislators have already changed 2 towns to the national schedule. Smaller towns resist, partly due to tradition- when I started all municipal elections were for two year terms. And used paper ballots. Our mayors race is still a two year term, and 4 year terms for commissioners are staggered so some happen every two years. Without professional paid managers, 4 years is a long time to endure poor town management.
Good article!! More education to all voters is still needed, right? Why don't you go the Tik Tok route about it? seriously!
I was literally the only voter at the A. G. Middle School Polls, during the lunch hours. Sad.