Something unusual happened while I was buried beneath a mountain of schoolwork this quarter (that I thankfully finished yesterday). The city council race has become interesting and that’s something that hasn’t happened in a quite a few years. Even more rare is a real competition for the mayoral position. Things became really interesting when current city councilman Bill Faber openly threw has support behind John Phillips for mayor, over current mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe.
Before I learned of Faber’s endorsement, I had read a post on social media from current councilman Jerry Dawson endorsing Moore. Dawson’s seat is one of the seats up for grabs but he chose not to run again. The endorsement seemed a little strange in its logic because Dawson went after “liberal” politicians in Springfield and essentially blamed them for Decatur’s inability to attract business.
Bringing Partisan Politics Into a Non-Partisan Race
From Dawson’s Public Facebook Page: “The real reason Decatur has a hard time attracting good jobs is due to the poor business climate in this state thanks to Bill’s (Faber) liberal friends in Springfield.”
There’s a couple things wrong with Dawson’s statement. The first being that our stellar governor is hardly blameless in our state’s stomach turning budget impasse and secondly, the city council race is supposed to be non-partisan. Oh, and I should throw in a third. Moore-Wolfe is a Democrat… that last I knew anyway. And I’m pretty sure Phillips is a Republican, though don’t quote me on that. So, how does Dawson think Moore is going to fight against “liberal” legislators in Springfield…when she’s a Democrat? Aren’t Bill’s liberal friends Julie’s friends too? And it’s not like it’s such an awful thing to have liberal friends in the first place. What is awful is blind allegiance to a particular political party on either side. If you want to know what is wrong with our state (and nation). That’s it. Anyway….
I don’t think it’s smart to bring in partisan politics into a city council race. A few of the people commenting on Dawson’s post were turned off. It didn’t exactly make me want to run out and hammer in a Moore-Wolfe sign in my front lawn, even though she wasn’t the one who wrote the divisive statement.
Dawson also said that Phillips would be “scary and dangerous” for Decatur if he were to win. That seems a bit extreme. It’s not like he would have the codes to Decatur’s nuclear arsenal. Haha!
Phillips came to the defense of Faber’s endorsement and basically said that Faber’s suggestions on the council are ignored. I would have to agree. Faber is ignored. It’s no wonder why he isn’t endorsing the current mayor. I’ve watched several meetings in which Faber has tried to bring a topic up for a study session and nobody would second him. I’ve liked some of his ideas and I think they were worthy of at least a discussion.
Phillips Might Have A Good Chance
According to an article I read on the Decatur Tribune, many believe that Phillips has a good chance of winning. Just driving around town, I’m sure seeing a lot more Phillips’ signs in people’s yards than Moore-Wolfe’s. I don’t know if that means anything but that’s what I’m noticing. If signs could vote, Phillips would win by a landslide but that’s not how it works.
So who am I endorsing, as if my endorsements mean much? For city council, I will be voting for Chris Riley and David Horn for sure and I will write more about that later. (And for the record, I don’t know either Riley’s or Horn’s political party preferences and I don’t care to know.) I’m just not settled on the third vote yet. There’s two other candidates that I think are both a good choice and that’s why I’m having a hard time choosing. What a wonderful problem to have! I wish all elections had tough choices like that.
For mayor, I’m going to keep who I’m voting for to myself. I want to be on good terms with whoever wins. My decision is purely a pragmatic one. Anyway, at least the race is going to be interesting this time, even if hardly anyone shows up to vote, which will not be unusual unfortunately.