Say no to status quo
On May 20, Philadelphia voters will go to the polls and cast ballots in primary and special elections. As luck would have it, there are several other issues on the ballot that are important to Philadelphians.
Perhaps one of the most important questions is Question #2, which would eliminate “Resign to Run” for elected officials. Proponents of a “yes” vote on this have argued that such elimination will increase our clout outside of Philadelphia. Well, then, it is no wonder that Zack Stalberg, himself an individual that lives outside of Philadelphia in Montgomery County, has come out in favor and has stated, “In fact, a yes vote for this ballot question is a step toward shaking up the political class.”
We could not disagree more. This question was put on the ballot by that exact political class, i.e. our representatives in City Council. And why wouldn’t they support it? This is the type of issue that will positively affect their political clout. This change in the Charter, a document which was written to give Philadelphians control over their government and to combat previous corruption in the same political climate we find ourselves in today, would have us going backwards.
Such change will allow Philadelphia elected officials to campaign for office while holding on to their current jobs. Political campaigns are all consuming and trying to do two fulltime jobs, where you appeal to two separate groups of citizenry, is counterproductive.
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