These are the most recent entries posted on Seth Warren’s Journal.
Posted November 7, 2017 | 3:30 am
Posted May 16, 2017 | 12:50 am
It’s that time again: election time! In Pennsylvania, the polls are open from 7:00AM until 8:00PM. As this is an “off-year” election, focused on municipal races, it sadly generates less interest. Of course, if you ever wondered where presidents, senators, governors, etc. get their start, you can usually look towards these “boring” off-year municipal elections.
Here’s something you may not know: in Pennsylvania, the people who work at your polling place are often a combination of appointed and elected individuals; the former are volunteers generally not assigned to work the same polling place that they vote at, whereas the latter have petitioned their neighbours to get on the ballot for the opportunity to work the polling place they vote at. As such, voters in Pennsylvania have an opportunity to choose who aids them in voting.
If you are a voter in Ward 32, District 7 of the City of Pittsburgh, you will see a familiar name on your ballot for one of the poll worker positions: mine. I, Seth Warren, am the Democratic candidate for Judge of Election at my polling station. My friend, Eva Diodati is running as the Democratic candidate for another poll worker position: Inspector of Election. If you live in Pittsburgh’s 32nd Ward, District 7, I wish to humbly ask for your vote and confidence for both myself and Ms. Diodati to serve at the polls for the next four years. Thank you.
And now, I take off my candidate hat and resume wearing my private citizen cap as I list my personal opinions on which sections of the voting machine touch screen I shall be placing my finger upon:
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property with a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law?
Shall Section 707. Multiple Employment Prohibited, of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter be amended to permit a compensated City employee to hold a compensated position as a part-time athletic coach in a public school system or a compensated part-time educational position at a public institution of higher learning, as more fully described in Pittsburgh Ordinance 36?
Sadly, most Americans don’t realise that there are two elections every year. Most turn out for the big, glamorous selection of the president and resume hibernating upon their civic duty for four more years. Of course, this doesn’t stop them from asking, “how do we get such idiots for candidates!” Well, my fellow Americans, idiot candidates rely upon people like you being politically apathetic during boring municipal elections, which allows them the opportunity to slip in at the bottom of the political ladder with little opposition, if any at all, and start working their way up.
It’s one thing if you vote for an idiot and then complain about that person (and hopefully are more the wiser the next time you go to vote). However, if you complain about the idiots in office yet did nothing to prevent them from taking office…suffice it to say that I have little sympathy for you.
That said, Pennsylvania has a primary election tomorrow (May 16th). Don’t be apathetic. The polls are open from 7:00AM-8:00PM and I’m picking some smart candidates (and I hope you do as well).
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council, District 4