It is April 13 2009, and I am writing about an election that took place nearly a year ago. I haven’t gotten around to it until now, and probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t stumbled upon my sample ballot while cleaning my room. (Incidentally, I have also not written a formal entry on the November 2008 election either, and I will do so soon… hopefully.)
So I actually didn’t vote in this election. I know, shame on me, but as I remember it I was super busy that day, frantically trying to get ants to eat my food in my study on Argentine ant food preferences, tests that went awry cuz the ants didn’t seem to actually be interested in eating. At any rate, I didn’t vote but I can tell you how I would have voted.
There are only three contests I would have voted on in this election. The first was a primary election for the U.S. Representative from the 53rd District. Incumbent Susan Davis, whom I’ve voted for before, was facing a primary challenge from a microbiologist named Mike Copass. I’ve never had a problem with Davis but it seemed like Copass was running to her left, which would naturally garner my support. At the time of the election, I had only watched the debate and the main difference between Davis and Copass was that Copass opposed continued Iraq war funding and favored a more swift withdrawal. On this issue I actually preferred Davis’s position. Also, though I normally try to avoid factoring in opinions of the candidates’ personalities into my decision (which is why I prefer reading about politicians to watching them) during the debate Copass seemed a bit too cocky and self-assured, which is odd considering he got thumped in the election, and he constantly brought up his job as “a scientist” which I found repetitive and annoying. So at the time I might have voted for Davis.
Just now though, I went to Copass’s website and looked through it and I really liked what I saw, particularly what he had to say about the economy and health care. And who knows, maybe Copass’s cocky “as a scientist” would have annoyed the hell out of John Boehner. So I think I had I done the five minutes of research that I just did now I would have ended up voting for the more liberal Mike Copass.
Susan Davis 87.6-12.4
There were also two anti-eminent domain propositions on the ballot, Propositions 98 and 99. Both would ban eminent domain from being used for the benefit of private organizations, though 99 is slightly more lenient as it would still allow such eminent domain for a property that has been lived in for less than a year, and 98 would also go on to ban rent control. I totally don’t understand what that has to do with eminent domain. At any rate, though I am very leery of eminent domain being used for private benefit I wouldn’t want to legally constrain that option if it arose and was the best option possible, so I would have voted No on both propositions. Of the two, though, I would much rather see 99 pass than 98.
Proposition 98: No 38.4%-61.6%
Proposition 99: Yes 62.0%-38.0%
APRIL 17 2009 UPDATE: Almost forgot. Because at the time there was a whole bunch of local campaigning for Sherri S. Lightner for City Council, and I was bombarded by calls from local Democrats to vote for Lightner, I would have voted for Sherri Lightner for City Council, District 1.
Sherri Lightner 36.50% – Phil Thalheimer 33.82% – Marshall Merrifield 29.52%