In most local elections across the United States, candidates run without party labels in “non-partisan” elections.
From this story in the Arizona Republic over the weekend, several candidates for Phoenix City Council are taking different approaches to including partisanship (or not) in their quest for votes.
City Council District 2 candidate Jim Waring has turned heads with campaign signs that boast a GOP elephant and the phrase “Republican City Council” under his name.
Then there’s the approach of “left-leaning” Phoenix councilman Greg Stanton:
The Democrat served as the city councilman for District 6 covering Ahwatukee Foothills, Arcadia and the Biltmore area. He said despite its being one of the most Republican districts in Phoenix, he was re-elected to serve three times.
“People in my district didn’t know I was a Republican or a Democrat,” Stanton said. “They just know I consistently stood up for them.”
It’s our experience that party politics do play a part in most local elections, but they many districts are also somewhat independent of partisan politics in the fact that there is more party cross over in endorsements.
To read the whole story, click here: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/07/03/20110703phoenix-elections-party-politics-shows-races.html#ixzz1RFrFFRvF
How doe partisan politics play a role in your local election? Leave them in the comments!
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