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Re: SG-W:/ Fall elections - 2000

In response to Jeff's note about upcoming Township elections...

   As someone who did run for a Township office four years ago, I can
encourage anyone hesitating to step forward that the race is actually fun.
I was part of a 5 person "slow growth" slate in Pittsfield. Three of us won
(although not me), but even with the negative outcome, I would still do it
again. I found that knocking on doors and talking to people about the
issues was very interesting. The electoral process is something that few
people know much about, and you will have a much better idea of how things

   And nearly everyone cares about Growth. Most people are eager to talk
and many are ready and willing to support you. Part of the fear of running
for office is the fear of the unknown - "what am I getting into?" - and I
just want to assure you that it can be fun and interesting.

   It is undeniable that to win, you will have to work hard during October.
But elections do have the advantage that when they're over, they're over.
It's not a long committment.

   And, hey, you might actually win.

   So, if you are interested in land use issues, think seriously about
making a run. You can make a difference.

   					- Bob Johnson

>As I read this week's Dexter Leader, I see tremendous opportunity for smart
>growth activists to have a great impact in the upcoming elections, if we
>have the will and desire.
>For example, the front page state that three of the Board of Trustees in
>Lima Township, including Supervisor Gary Adams, are not seeking re-election
>this fall.  This is a huge part of the governing body for the township!
>Further the article states that not one resident of the township has stepped
>forward and registered to run for the vacant seats.
>This is a township that, like Sharon Twp, is in the middle of a battle over
>a potentially huge mobile home subdivision.  In addition, Lima Twp is ripe
>for tremendous growth over the next few years, as it is the next in line
>west of Scio Twp, which is rapidly running out of open space.
>Ideally, I think a slate of candidates could get together in Lima Twp, put
>together a smart growth platform, and win with a relatively simple message.
>Are there any thoughts on this or are there potential candidates ready to
>step forward?  Registering to run is a relatively easy and painless process.
>I have little doubt that there are other opportunities like this in other
>Washtenaw County townships, if people are willing to take the next step.
>Until we can change the system, we have to work within it to do the right
>thing.  And that means getting elected to township boards, so we can have a
>say in future planning.
>I think this listserv could be used as a great sounding board for developing
>strategies, platforms, etc.
>What do you think?  In general, candidates have to declare by this spring,
>so now is the time to get the ball rolling.
>Jeff Surfus
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