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Offline Sauron

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How should I vote?
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:39:26 AM »
About two years ago, I applied for appointment to a public office. I interviewed with the nominating committee and missed having my name go to the governor's office by one vote.

Today, I received my ballot for the state bar's board of governors election. One of the two candidates is the chairman of the nominating committee before which I interviewed. I have very good reason to believe that he did not vote for me in 2010. Any reason I should or should not vote for him now?

On the merits, both candidates seem very qualified, so I do not think either is a bad choice. My impression is that voting against someone because he did not vote for me is probably not the best choice, but I am curious to learn of others' thoughts.


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Re: How should I vote?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 11:55:04 AM »
As long as both candidates are equal to the job, I'd vote against they guy who voted against you.  People are probably going to make a stink about going the high road, and if the one was better for the job and you voted against him just because he dissed you, then I could see where they are coming from.  But honestly, why should you vote for him if he is not the best man for the job?  If they are equal, it's pretty much just a popularity contest.  Christ says to love your enemies, but He never said not to reward your allies.
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Re: How should I vote?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 12:32:37 PM »
I would say that his intuitive reasoning needs improvement. Perhaps he will improve with time and you can vote for him later when he is more qualified.
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Re: How should I vote?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 01:28:32 PM »
I would say that his intuitive reasoning needs improvement. Perhaps he will improve with time and you can vote for him later when he is more qualified.

Ha!

A funny thing from the interview process was that one of my co-workers was on the nominating commission at the time, so she recused herself and abstained from the vote. I occasionally razz her that she could have been the vote that sent me off to a judicial appointment.  ;D


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Re: How should I vote?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 03:23:06 PM »
This little exercise of power could be also used for your benefit: all things being equal, I would vote for the person who did not for you.