As we all know, these are difficult times for our city and for our county. Community needs far exceed resources. Fortunately, there are dedicated people willing to step up and help lead us through this maze. Some of their names are on the June ballot.
One name on that ballot, however, concerns me.
When Bob Elliott was running for Tracy City Council less than two years ago, he spoke loudly of his concern for Tracy, about the problems he saw, and of his dedication to help solve them. Now, not even half-way into his first term, he is running for a higher office. If he gets it, Tracy will be burdened with the monetary and operational costs of filling his quickly vacated seat.
How fair is that to the citizens who believed his earlier rhetoric and rewarded it with their votes? How fair is it to the other qualified candidates who would have honored the full term of their election? Even worse, how fair is it to voters if the City Council now picks their choice of a new council member, rather than allowing the voters to decide?
And what will happen if Mr. Elliott wins this new office? Will he quickly abandon it, too, in favor of an even higher state or national office? Are we just stepping stones along Mr. Elliott’s political path?
We cannot afford to play musical chairs with elected office. We need to vote for and elect candidates we believe can do the job, and who we believe will stick around long enough to do it.
I worry about Mr. Elliott’s true objectives in running for county supervisor, and the expense his political aspirations will cost taxpayers if he once again quickly vacates that seat for a better one.
Shouldn’t Mr. Elliott feel some obligation to finish at least one full term in office before moving on? Doesn’t he owe that to the voters who chose him over other candidates?
• Editor’s note: Bob Young is not related to Nancy Young, a current candidate for Tracy City Council.