Over the years residents have been bombarded with Hwy J, the Jacklin Pit, a campaign against development on the Hansen farm at Hwy 164 and Q, the bogus "No Sewer" chatter, distorted opposition to Reflections Village and other needed business developments. These contrived issues continue to disturb residents. That is what the activists want to happen.
Nevertheless, it is wonderful to see Richfield residents continue to elect candidates with leadership and community values. What does past elections and issues tell Richfield residents about themselves?
The political activists see response to various events, learn from it and incorporate it into their planning. For the sake of argument, let’s assume past elections have been dry runs, or maybe just playing the game, or even a ploy with more to come. This time the 2 referendums can have a major impact on future elections. What do the activists have planned for the remaining 3 weeks till April 5th? Only time will tell.
In our current society with limited newspaper coverage sometimes there is not enough information to educate the general population of Richfield. Recently we have witnessed a surge in personal campaign websites, Facebook pages, and local blogs that have become added resources for residents. Understanding the limited resources for accurate information Richfield residents continue to be persistent, knowledgeable and engaged to retain honest, qualified elected officials. One website in favor of the referendums noted the following names as possibly supporting term limits, Governor Scott Walker, Rep. Bob Gannon, Senator Duey Stroebel, Rep. Janel Brandtjen. Each of those officials were contacted to learn if they support term limits at local levels. Hopefully, responses can be obtained from each of them.
Weeks from now when the election is over and the various political flyers have been thrown in the garbage, these same political activists will be incorporating what they have learned from this election into new methods of communication and tactics for next year. That is all they chose to do.
In the end, it doesn’t matter whether the authors of the referendums were exposed for placing flyers in mailboxes, placing yard signs without first asking permission. or just exposed for who they are. What does matter is this, the residents of Richfield cared enough about their community to educate themselves about who are the honest and true leaders of Richfield and the impact of the referendums.
Richfield residents, make a point to get to the polls to make sure Richfield continues its rich history of honest, qualified elected officials. The outcome is up to you, however you decide to vote.