Create Your Own Independence Day; Run For Office
By Bob Small
Feb. 14 is Create Your Own Independence Day.
Besides being Valentine’s Day of course.
Tuesday is the first day this year to circulate petitions for Democrat or Republican candidates including those who are running independent of their Party’s nominating process.
The petitions will be collected on March 7.
In municipal elections, the signature requirement can be minimal. In our little borough of Swarthmore, only 10 signatures are required for Borough Council. As always, one should collect three times as many for the expected challenge.
What it means is that there would be challenges in the May 16 Primary election. There could possibly even be debates, certainly social media discussions. The alternative is one-party towns where the incumbents may not have any incentive to listen to the voice of the people.
One can get further information at one’s local county Board of Elections.
As a citizen, you have the right to create your own Independence by choosing candidates rather than having them chosen for you.