Already, 2022 contestants have started to shop around, contact reporters and line up donors to prepare for this year’s competitions.
And that means voters should start paying attention, too.
In Republican-friendly northeast Michigan, expect an overcrowded primary in August, when GOP candidates face off for a chance to run in the November general election. Seats will be available on county councils, school boards, township councils and a handful of other local governments, in addition to the Governor, Michigan Secretary of State, State Attorney General and officials. and state senators.
Eight months may seem like a long time, but it’s important to take note of what applicants are doing and saying over the next few months.
If they are already in an elected position, how do they deal with the issues that concern them? If not, are they consistent in the positions they say they will take when they take office, or do their positions seem to change depending on the audience they are addressing?
There will likely be candidate forums by August, and we encourage every voter to try to attend to hear what candidates have to say. Are they knowledgeable about the issues of the day relevant to the positions they seek, or do they seem to procrastinate and stall? Do they have well articulated positions?
As we approach the August primary (and again near November), keep an eye on the news for candidate profiles. Read every word and compare the candidates’ positions to yours. None can fully align with your point of view, but I hope someone gets close enough that you feel proud to vote for them.
We also expect voting proposals on property tax renewals and increases this summer and fall. You’ll want to educate yourself about the proposals, what they will do, how much they will cost, and decide if these programs are worth the money for you.
Like it or not, folks, it’s election season, and it’s time to start studying.