I'm probably about to step in a pile of junk by getting into this topic, but what the heck... how is that any different from anything I've done in the past?
Coming up, voters will have the opportunity to vote in Ulster County for a new County Comptroller and a new County Sheriff. I don't really understand why we need a choice. In other words, why do parties feel like they have to put a candidate up for a position no matter what--why don't political parties do more cross endorsing? Those 2 positions should be "non political", in my opinion.
While it's VERY early in the election season, and there's lots of time for news to come up to refute this, I personally find both Ulster County Comptroller Elliot Auerbach and Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum to be decent men that are handling their job well.
It's not that I want to discourage anyone from running. If there are candidates that think they can run an office more efficiently, etc, then go for it. But sometimes I think we should recognize elected officials that are doing a good job and let them stay without putting up candidates against them, just to put up candidates against them.
Along the same lines, why do parties endorse people just for the sake of endorsing them? I think it'll be interesting to see which candidates the Conservative Party endorses in the coming years. I would personally rather see the party, which I belong to, endorse candidates that behave like Conservatives. In the Legislature, I've seen a host of elected officials that have been endorsed by the Conservative Party that, so far, haven't been voting like fiscal Conservatives. And if there's something this county needs, its TRUE fiscal Conservatives.