We realize this isn’t what everyone does in politics, but if you’re going to read the information you find here at afelection.info, we want you to know who we are, what we want, and what we’ll be doing here, so you can evaluate it properly.
Who We Are
We are David Rodeback, who’s doing most or all of the writing; and Rod Martin, who paid for the signs you’ll probably see around town, which say “Learn BEFORE you vote – afelection.info,” and who weighs in on the content and approach of these posts. Several other helpful folks have provided facts, opinions, and encouragement.
We are not affiliated with or funded by any candidate or his campaign. No candidate approves what we post here. Some candidates may like it, but probably not all of them.
What We Want
What we want is simple: good local government. We think this depends on blowing away the chaff — the deception and misinformation some people are spreading systematically about key issues — and electing the best available candidates to the American Fork City Council.
For example, we want you to be able to evaluate the truth and accuracy of the candidate, flier, or newspaper story saying American Fork residents have the fourth or fifth highest tax municipal tax burden in Utah. The study is fatally flawed, and the flaw is pretty obvious, but one PAC doesn’t care, and one candidate is passing around their fliers. We won’t just explain; we’ll give you a link to the study, so you can check it yourself.
When you see a graph showing (but carefully not actually saying) that American Fork has the highest property tax rate among cities in Utah County, we want you to know the full picture before you vote — because good people with bad information make bad decisions. We want you to realize that they left cities with higher rates off the graph. We’ll leave it to you to wonder why. We ‘ll give you a link to official documents with the needed information.
When they complain that water rates are unnecessarily high and blame this on the incumbents, we want you to understand the truth, which is . . . well, different.
And if you just feel like you don’t know the candidates very well, we’ll give you bite-size audio chunks of the candidates answering questions at two public meet-the-candidates events. We won’t hide any of the audio — though we’re deleting some of the housekeeping, the Pledge of allegiance, and so on. We’re breaking it up into manageable pieces — for example, eight pieces for a 90-minute event. We’ll provide some notes to help you keep track of what’s going on in each chunk, such as a list of questions and the order in which the candidates answered each question.
What to Expect
We’ll keep most or all of the posts here short — 500-700 words is our general target. (This post is about 800 words, so we’re going for shorter than this.)
We’ll add at least a post or two every day between now and November 3, which is Election Day 2015.
What You Can Do
Learn before you vote. Then vote as you think best. (If you voted early, we’ll assume you knew the candidates already, at least well enough to pick three of the four with confidence. But you’re still welcome here.)
You have the opportunity to comment on virtually anything at this site. Comments are moderated to avoid spam, but you don’t have to agree with anything here to have your comment approved. You just have to be civil and relevant — and the test for relevancy is pretty generous..
If you like what you find here — or just want to discuss it more widely — please post links on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. We’ll give you some graphics to help with that.
Which Candidates We Support
You’ll see the reasons why as we go along. We support and recommend Brad Frost, Rob Shelton, and Kevin Barnes. The fourth candidate is Allen Simpson. (There are three available seats on the American Fork City Council this year. You get three votes, and the candidates with the three highest vote counts wijn.)
Back to Where We Started
If you want to see more of our work, check out David Rodeback’s blogs, freedomhabit.com (politics and government) and bendablelight.com (reading, writing, religion, etc.), or drop by Rod Martin’s business, World Class Auto Repair on Main Street in American Fork. Coincidentally, one of the Rodeback vehicles will be there today for some work.