Where're the debates?
This year's down-ballot races should be big stuff. Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer, and Auditor each gives us a shot at a dramatic upgrade that can affect every one of us. All three have been stagnate for a long time and don't quite cut it.
With the benefit of contested primaries, Treasurer and Auditor have some visibility. In particular, the three candidates for Treasurer have set out platforms and have big distinctions among them.
Unfortunately, the Secretary race has just one Dem, one from the GOP, and one independent. It is scurrying around in the bushes. Yet, that's a huge office with a diverse, powerful spread of duties. Bill Galvin has squatted on it for 16 years, seemingly indifferent to providing public information to the public.
We need to raise the profile on this race, like today.
The independent, Jim Henderson, is the progressive, reform candidate. He'll crank it up a bit today with a call for five debates with Galvin and the Republican Bill Campbell.Whomever you support, join me in asking civic groups and media to get a piece of that schedule.
Galvin has been paying rope-a-dope with this office. That's often effective for an incumbent but we should not allow that here. On his site, you get next to nothing — platform, promises, reasons to re-elect.
Campbell is a little better. I don't agree with his few, pale positions (like no same-day voter registration), but he has stuff out there.
So far, Galvin has blown Left Ahead! off, as he does in general. He hasn't answered emails or calls. Rope a dope.
Secretary of the Commonwealth is big stuff. The office is in charge of elections, corporations, securities, public records and on and on. It's worth discussing.