Vet Before voting

04/08/2014 8:04 AM

04/08/2014 9:31 AM

Re "Scandals leaving voters at a loss" (Page A1, April 7): The article laments the fact that the people in three senatorial districts are without representation.

The lesson learned here is voters need to fully vet the candidates before they make their selection. They need to go well beyond party affiliation, endorsements, gender, ethnicity, the 30-second sound bites or pro/con litmus test issue and look at their background, their associations, their stances on all important issues and their work/educational history. If this happened, these three maybe would not have been elected. These voters, however got the lack of representation they deserved.

A thorough vet of candidates, with grassroots support of quality candidates are what citizens can do to counter the influences of moneyed special interests. After all, corporations, unions and special interest groups don't get to vote.

-- D. E. Johnson, Pleasant Hill

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