Opinion

SLO election vouchers is a scam by the wealthy

The San Luis Obispo City Council is considering a program giving each voter a $20 voucher to give to qualifying local candidates in future elections.
The San Luis Obispo City Council is considering a program giving each voter a $20 voucher to give to qualifying local candidates in future elections.

San Luis Obispo’s City Council is essentially a barely paid full-time job. Only relatively wealthy people can work for free.

Getting the public to pay the election expense of wealthy folks cannot help democracy.

With no need to raise funds there is no need to meet and talk to anyone except their most loyal supporters.

Freeing time from fundraisers, gathering support and replacing it with purely partisan activities to rally supporters decreases democratic participation.

To help democracy in San Luis Obispo we must:

▪  Pay a real salary to the council members so anyone can afford to serve.

▪  Have elections by district — each council member represents part of the city. Right now they only represent special factions (wealthy, environmentalists and public employees).

▪  Change the attitude of council from know-it-all rulers to humble representatives and public servants.

▪  End the corruption of union endorsements. No promises to support union demands in exchange for their endorsements.

Using public funds to elect people who believe it is their right to use public funds to defray personal expenses is corruption, not democracy.

Richard W. Ferris, San Luis Obispo

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