When Mayoral Candidates Quinton Lucas and Jolie Justus released their candidate forum schedule after their primary election wins, this Dog noticed a glaring omission from the list.
No campaign forums would be held in the Historic Northeast community, despite their boasting how important the Historic Northeast community was at a well-attended and well-organized candidate forum this past January at Northeast High School.
Guess that was just the campaign juice talkin, huh!
We reached out early to the candidates and their overpaid, over-paranoid handlers and inquired as to why no candidate forums were scheduled in Northeast.
Our inquiries were answered with emails espousing how important our community was and how they “absolutely want the Historic Northeast community involved.”
We were then directed to Dave Helling, Editorial Board dude at The Star to schedule said forum. Helling, it seems, is the point person for logistics for the “in-district” forums.
Wait. What? The major Daily is now running campaign schedules for the candidates? Seriously? Certainly no perceived bias there. Oh no, certainly not!
Sadly, both candidates fell back on the pre-arranged, supposedly carved-in-stone forum schedule and were adamant about not scheduling any additional forum events, period, paragraph, done.
Well, this NewsDog isn’t a fan of top-down management and when the elected officials and the candidates start dictating to the general public, that’s where this we-the-people-minded pooch gets her hackles in an uproar.
If these two mayoral hopefuls are dictating to the populous now, during their campaigns, you can only imagine how things will be when they elevate to the lofty, ivory environs of the 29th floor of City Hall.
The NewsDog would like to make one thing perfectly clear in this regard and remind the candidates that they work for us, the tax-paying citizenry of this city.
From the small business owners who never get the multi-million dollar tax breaks to the work-a-day single mom struggling to make ends meet, top to bottom, side to side, you need to remember who your bosses are, not the other way around.