The next local election: if you don’t care, rest assured that someone else will – Da Tech Guy Blog:
"The urgency of national news sometimes casts local politics into the shade.
Watch out for that.
I spent the last election season preaching “downballot” to anyone who would listen.
I have no regrets, in view of some of the issues coming up in my area at the state and local levels that are sure to be reflected in federal policy a few years down the road.
Furthermore, the candidates succeeding locally are apt to look to higher office sooner or later.
...The last time the mayor of the largest city in the state ran for higher office, he wound up in Congress.
Local experience and name recognition counted heavily.
...it’s the more immediate effect on local policy. Who determines local school policies, as least as far the feds allow?
Who lends credibility to certain groups by marching or volunteering with them?
Who names volunteers to local committees?
Who determines the priorities in municipal budgets?
Yup: the locals..."