Compared to the Presidential race, where I’m reluctant to vote at all, voting down the ballot is a breeze.
Here are the “choices” I’m faced with. And here are my picks:
Senate: Warner will run away with this, so a vote for Libertarian candidate Redpath is easy even though I know nothing about him except for the L next to his name. ( I do want to see the Republicans be able to hold a filibuster in the Senate, so if Gilmore had a chance I might consider him.)
House: I’m not a fan of the Republican Mark Ellmore who knocked Ron Paul-endorsed candidate Amit Singh out of the primary with some dirty tricks. Incumbent Democrat Jim Moran will win easily but is lousy too, so I’ll probably just write-in Singh.
County Board: From what I’ve been told, a while ago my antagonistic neighbor tried unsuccessfully to solicit support for a zoning ordinance making it difficult to host gatherings at my house (and others). I have no doubt his goal was to shut down my well-attended annual St. Patrick’s Day party. His house has a sign on its lawn for the Green candidate, so I’ll vote for his only opponent, even though its the incumbent Democrat.
School Board: Ugh, two uncontested Democrat incumbents. One year I’ll run for school board on a “no kids, slash the budget” platform.
Ballot Questions: For my voting today, I’m most enthusiastic about voting against the local ballot questions here in Arlington, Virginia. I’ll be happily voting against borrowing over $170 million for the four bond questions on the Metro, “Community Infrastructure,” utilities and schools. I’ll also reject the creation of a Housing Authority. If I was in Massachusetts, I would take particular pleasure in voting to eliminate the state income tax.