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Published: Thursday, Aug. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

I guess I agree with Liljenquist, but he needs to understand why so few of the citizenry get involved in municipal elections. It's because of the perception, not unrealistic, that the mayors and city councils are owned by developers. After all it is the developers who have deep pockets who can help candidates in countless ways. The average joe can't match that kind of firepower. So the rank-and-file only get involved out of desperation, when an issue so gravely affects their situation that they must act. Then their remarks to city officials tends to be shrill and angry, not likely to be endearing to city officials. Democracy is not a game among equals. Were it so, more would be involved. My 2 cents - Davis County politics is owned lock, stock, and barrel by developer interests. What can I do as a little guy to be heard? Not much, so I'm sitting out this year's elections as usual.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Perhaps if we had a healthy two-party system, more people would vote. As of now, voters don't feel like they can make a difference. The system is completely gamed.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Kings Court,

A healthy two-party system? Didn't you ever get the message that municipal elections are non-partisan?

UTAttorney
Salt Lake, UT

@marxist:

If you feel the developers are in charge, run for city council. It doesn't take money to knock every door in your council district to be heard. It doesn't take money to call everyone on the voter list (if you have decent phone service, where local calls are free, or an unlimited plan on your cell phone) to be heard. It doesn't take money to recruit volunteers and send them out into the community spreading your message so it can be heard. What it takes is someone who actually cares enough to do something other than complaining and throwing their hands up in disgust. It takes a leader who can inspire people. It takes action, not words. It takes caring, not complaining. I do wish more people would get involved, though. They just may see that one person, properly motivated and acting out of a real desire to serve, can make a difference.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

If we marched on City Hall every time the electricity was off grid for more than five minutes, as Dan contends, there'd be massive demonstrations on a regular basis. It sometimes seems like every time there's a little wind storm the electricity is off, and it's off for a whole lot longer than five minutes. Then sometimes you just get a note stuck on your door the same day to let you know they're digging up the street and you will have no electricity, or gas or water, until they've finished.

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