Elections are coming.
I was standing in the commuter line a few weeks ago and a man approached me. Normally when that happens I back away. Establish distance. Plot the geometries and escape routes and weigh the capabilities of the other guy. Can I outrun him? Can I take a hit and survive? Is he carrying? How close am I going to let him get before I act? If I flee, will he just select another victim?
As he got closer, he stuck out his hand and offered me a glossy printed card advertising a candidate for an upcoming election. He was himself that candidate. He was running for the
county Clerk of the Court. I told him, “no thank you, I am not interested”. He responded, “you don’t vote”? With a mild sneer on his face.
“No”, I replied. “I simply don’t care who the
County Clerk of the Court is”.
The look on his face was telling. You would have thought I just showed him that he was living on the Holodeck and he wasn’t really here.
Since then, I have looked around for information on the
country clerk’s duties and authorities. I have found NOTHING to cause me to care who gets this office. It is, as far as I can tell, a purely bureaucratic position, without any legislative or management authority. The Clerk is just another county employee. All of his/her assigned duties could be done by anyone who is in that office.
If you believe otherwise, I am all ears. I would love to be proven wrong about this and become educated about this important aspect of local politics.