by JC Bowman
I have had a wide variety of people ask me when I am going to run for local office now that I have returned home to Cleveland. The answer is no time soon. My life will be complete if I never hold elective office. I will not totally rule it out of the range of possibilities forever. For now, I will leave the office seeking to contemporaries like Milan Blake, Lindsay Hathcock, Chris Weir, Hubert Conley, Jr. and Drew Morgan who should all be in office. Then there are Christy Critchfield, Lisa Stanbery, Kevin Brooks, Eric Watson and Tim Gobble who are already there.
Lately local politics make me sick. The Typhoid Mary's of politics that are caught up in their own hype only serve to further nauseate me, not naming names but people like Troy Weathers and Ben Atchley. Grandstanding is the word I hear most frequently, self-serving and arrogant are two other words I throw in for free. I must point out that I found Troy's comments about an unfortunate child struck by a car unnecessarily tinged with political overtone. Why was he issuing statements at all in this situation? If you want to send a message Troy use Western Union. But there is a silver lining. There are those leaders that remember it is about public service like Amy Armstrong, Tom Rowland, Gary Davis, Steve Bebb, Gayla Miller, Dan Swafford, and Wes Snyder. Ed Elkins, Jim Smith, Louie Alford, Tom Cassada, and Mark Grissom are others. I have missed some and I apologize in advance.
It does not mean I always agree with these folks on every issue. They do not always agree with me either. In my encounters with them I have found them genuinely concerned with issues I have raised, willing to discuss these issues and responsive to requests. Dan Swafford in particular was belittled by many as part of a family conspiracy to grab political power. I don't buy that. I will tell you I spent a couple of days observing his court. It was run professionally and respectfully. Dan is doing a very good job, and his court is run efficiently.
Someone once asked Helen Keller: "What could be worse than having no sight?" She responded: "Having sight, but no vision." That is what I think upsets me the most, we elect people with little or no vision. In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
I have a theory called the flawed candidate theory. My friend David Jinks reminded me that it is really a take-off of the Peter Principle. We actually like