Thursday, April 21, 2005

All Politics Are Local 

My interest in local politics came about when my father served two terms as a councilman in the municipal government of my New Jersey hometown. He also ran for mayor—twice, in fact. He lost both times, to a man who resigned yesterday in ignominious disgrace.

Though rock & roll is my main concern here on the Hoboken Rock City Blog, I do aim to provide the occasional crumb of local political insight. In Hoboken, our city election is less than three weeks away, and there are big issues at stake. Four slates of candidates are running—possibly five, depending on how an appeal goes—and I'm 97 percent sure I know who I'm supporting. I've been busy beyond belief lately, but in the remaining days before the May 10 election, I hope to write at least a little about the issues and the candidates, and why I'm supporting a certain ticket. Wish I had time to sit down and interview the candidates Tris McCall style, but I just don't have the time.

If you live in this great town, you owe it to yourself to participate in the democratic process. It's fun, it's free, and it gives you license to complain if anything like this happens.

Happy birthday, Dad.

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