This Day in Dayton, 2 November

An editorial in the Journal and Courier on 3 November 1991 examined a new trend in local campaigns for public office: running as an independent. Dayton’s candidates ran under the name Citizens Independent party. The slate in Battle Ground ran as Battle Ground Independents. and one candidate in Clarks Hill was a write-in candidate. Even among those 32 candidates in the county who did run under the banner of either the Democrats or the Republicans, the writer opined: “Some candidates seemed not to have their heart in representing a political party’s national philosophy; but they felt compelled to pick a party in order to get nominated locally.” The prediction was offered that “future local elections could well enlarge upon this independent look.” Taking stock of races in 2017, do you think this has come to pass?

Susan ClawsonComment