I don't consider myself as a competitive person, but truth be told, I prefer to win. During the last County Commissioner Primary election the candidate from my district that I voted for did not win. That didn't make me happy, but that's life! I have lived enough years on this planet to know that things don't always go my way. Not only did my candidate not win, but he didn't even win my district! If he had won my district and still didn't win over all, the loss would have stung even more!
I think that's what spurred the Straw Poll that is all the buzz in Queen Anne's County right now. Three of our sitting Commissioners did not win their district during the primary but still won over all. I've heard conjecture that somehow this poll is being pushed by developers. While everyone is welcome to their opinion, I haven't found anything to back up that statement even as the administrator for Business Queen Anne's. Maybe I'm just not in the inner circle.
I am surprised that some Commissioners and the head of the Republican Central Committee were against the Straw Poll. Why would you be against asking citizens what they want? There's no binding decision to be had from the poll. I heard one County Commissioner state that he and two other Commissioners have already decided they will not consider changing the way our Commissioners are voted in no matter what they poll results show. Really? (I have not verified that statement with the other two Commissioners.) He expressed that one Commissioner is waiting to see the results and of course, there is one Commissioner that would like the system to change.
I do want to point out that if the voting system ever changes, and we only vote for our district and the Commissioner at Large, the Commissioners from the other districts (ones we have not been given a chance to vote for) will still be able to vote on issues that affect our district.
With all that said, my real thought on this issue is this; there's no way there will be an overwhelming majority of our County that will vote either way on Question A. Do you know why? Because if voter turnout in Queen Anne's County mimics what it was in the past, we won't be able to know what most of the County wants. Or maybe what we will learn is that most don't care. Do you realize that in 2014 there were approximately 33,000 registered voters and only 9,533 voted in the primary? And only a fraction of those voters voted on the Commissioners! Honestly, if a larger percentage of our County turned out to vote in the Primary with the system we currently have in place, who knows who would have won!
To me what is really important is to get out and vote! Vote on the Straw Poll question! (Either way. Yes or No. Just vote!) Of course, while you're there, might as well vote for the President and everyone and everything else on the ballot too. This is your chance to be heard! But brace yourself. Someone is not going to have the votes go their way.