By Chris Anderson
It’s funny how words can lead you to believe one thing but actually might mean something else. Take for instance “Elected Experience”. You read this in every voter’s guide that is sent out to you before you get your ballots in the mail. I have always assumed it meant the elected experience you SERVED while holding office. But, now I wonder.
In the current Pierce County Official Local Voter’s Pamphlet, under the “Elected Experience” of Mari Leavitt – running for State Representative of the 28th Legislative District, position #1 – she lists her elected experience as being “UP Metropolitan Parks District Commissioner”….wait a second…WHAT??? Didn’t the University Place voters reject the UP Metro Park District initiative on April 26th, and, thus, there are NO COMMISSIONERS to serve on it?…Hmmmm.
When I think more about it, I have to ask if she is listing her “elected experience” as a UP Metro Parks Commissioner because she had 1936 votes – or 47.25% of the vote cast for her out of the three candidates running for the same position? If that’s the case I find it all very misleading. I believe that most people, like me, read “Elected Experience” as being elected SERVICE or experience earned AFTER assuming elected office.
Mari Leavitt’s use of a nonexistent commissioner position seems rather deceptive to me and the way the voters pamphlet words things allows this deception to pass muster – also very deceptive in my thinking. Perhaps a change in the voter’s pamphlet language is in order. Change it from “Elected Experience” to “Elected Offices Held”…or “Elected Service”? Who’s in charge of those things? Is it our Pierce County Auditor, Julie Anderson, perhaps? I doubt that Cathy Pearsall Stipek or Jan Shabro would have allowed such a deception to occur. But then again, I always believed them to be ethical during their tenures as Pierce County Auditors.
I look at the voters pamphlet as being a bit like a collection of job resumes and when one is using “slight of hand” with words to get a job with me I have to question their worthiness; I would expect them to be “ethical” by being completely honest about their listed experience…..I’d like to point out that Ms Leavitt also lists having been appointed to the Pierce County “Ethics” commission…hmmmm….interesting, but I digress…Would you want someone working for you that uses such tactics to get a job? And if they claim misunderstanding, I’d have to question THAT as well.
I am rather tired of all the games in politics. Are we, the voters, supposed to accept the philosophy of “It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is” when it comes to a candidate trying to puff their resume just to get elected? Word games; I have no use for them. And, if someone who plays those games is trying to get my vote, I will have to decline them. I prefer a bit more honesty and integrity in life, thank you very much.Print This Post