Out with the old and in with the new was heard loud and clear in the City Council race in Davis. Will things change or will it be politics as usual, only time will tell. Two long-serving incumbents lost their bids in Tuesday’s election. One current council member Dan Wolk, and two new comers Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee received enough votes to oust Sue Greenwald and Stephen Souza. The Davis, California City Council results was seen by voters as a referendum to our local electorate that the political atmosphere at City Hall should change, hopefully.
When Yolo County released the absentee ballots, only 400 votes separated the two newcomers from Greenwald and Souza. The campaigning was intense and it appeared driving through Davis over the last couple of weeks, every third yard was decorated with one of the candidates yard signs. The turnout was low as only 38 percent of registered voters participated. This is either a lack of interest or something more disturbing, a belief that most politicians are the same and there’s actually no difference in the end.
There was a recent nation-wide poll that showed more folks proclaim themselves Independent 38%, compared to Democrat 32% and Republican 24%. That’s a sign that most citizens are tired of politics as usual. In the majority of small-town America you might have two choices if you’re lucky and the campaign turning into a verbal spat and promises made that are always broken. That’s the main reason politicians in general have the lowest approval rating of any profession, even lower than attorneys. I personally feel that more of the public would get out and vote, if we could have another viable option than the two choices that have actually sold their souls to the devil and answer to their constituents instead of the average voter. That’s the reason our entire state is in the red, we keep voting for the same old tired candidates that only care about party, not what’s best for their community and state.
We desperately need term-limits that will force lifetime politicians into another career field and give others a chance to straighten out the mess they caused. That’s what happened in our local election, we swept out the old and decided to give someone else an opportunity. We need this same reaction in every other small town and big city in America. Until every citizen stops believing it’s the other sides fault, but not my politician, our society will continue floundering. Give us better options and we will get out to vote.