‘I’ll pick my own candidates’

Letter to the editor by Maple Ridge resident Michael Patterson

Editor, The News:

Re: Ridge council winners were on lists (The News, Nov. 23).

I don’t agree with Grover Telford that a list of candidates influenced the Maple Ridge elections too much, even though it is a slimy tactic.

Personally, if I see such a list from a union, professional organization, or others, I am inclined to vote the opposite.

I’ll pick my own candidates, thank you very much.

Looking at the statistics from the last several elections, it gives a pretty good idea as to how candidates fare.  It has far less to do with a candidate’s platform, contrary to Judy Dueck’s comments.

Virtually everyone votes for one or more incumbents.  Given there were 28 candidates, that almost guarantees each incumbent will win, or at least do very well.

The next best predictor is how well known a person is in the community.  If you are on a lot of committees or in a profession where you meet a lot of people, if you are generally liked, you’ll pick up quite a few votes.

This makes some sense as people want to vote for someone with a bit of a track record as politicians are known to lie and people are reluctant to go with someone who says things with no history to back it up.

Thirdly, if you have large, prominent well-designed signs placed throughout the community, you are sure to pick up a lot more votes than you would otherwise.

Last is platforms.  This seems to be a poor predictor of success unless your platform is totally out there.  The only difference a platform seemed to make in this election was at the Albion polling station, where Craig Speirs narrowly lost being elected because he didn’t give in to the shopping zealots.

I am glad we don’t force people to vote, otherwise there would be a lot more eeny, meeny, miny, moe going on in the election booth.

To those who didn’t vote, thank-you – you gave the 25 per cent of us who did four times the voting power we should have had.

Michael Patterson

Maple Ridge

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Readers invited to share wildlife photographs

Aim, snap, shoot, and share your pictures of wildlife in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to win!

LETTER: All Washington plate owners can’t be Canadian residents

A Maple Ridge man questions presence of U.S. vehicles in the Canada, despite closed borders

Residential real estate market rebounding well: long-time realtor

House prices, sales, and listings in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are moving on an upward trajectory

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are prepared for high Fraser River levels

Peak numbers are expected to be below trigger levels for both cities

‘Protect our jobs,” say laid-off hotel workers to MLA Lisa Beare

Delegation delivered a petition to Maple Ridge MLA office on Friday

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Langley vigil demands justice for Ontario animal activist killed protesting slaughterhouse

More than two dozen people gathered at Britco Pork to remember Regan Russell, and fight Bill 156

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read