The Annual Mountain Home, Idaho Election Political Forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday October 9th, 2013. And there are only 3 candidates for our local election for the 2 seats on the Mountain Home City Council. They are:
- Alain Isaac
- Geoff Schroeder
- Rick Urquidi
I was there and wanted to pass on some observations from this event. So here goes...
1. Not many people attended this event telling me the folks in Mountain Home are so darn knowledgeable about these 3 candidates for City Council they don't even have to hear from them. But for me, this forum actually gave me the information to make a very hard choice on who I will likely vote for in this local election.
2. None of the candidates have a written nor formal verbal platform. Or as they all said, “they don't have an agenda”. No platform? No agenda? Hell, that usually means no votes from an educated electorate.
Seriously, the people who are going to be discussing and deciding where your tax dollars are headed and shape plans for the future of our City and they have no plans? Winging it isn't usually a good idea and this issue concerns me greatly.
3. Only one candidate mentioned the “C” word. Of course it was the only woman candidate that had the guts to blurt out the word “Communication”. Look out Alain Isaac, the people may show up at your house with hot tar and feathers, you heretic, you. :-) You got my vote for using the “C” word, Alain.
4. The phrase “Quality of Life” was uttered many times during this forum. It was used to explain why our property taxes are higher than in Boise. Heck, if the Simplot nightmare scenario unfolds as a citizens told the story during this event, we will have Quality of Life and it will be all bad. But only for those of us who have a nose or drink water. Maybe a platform and a plan for the future really is important.
5 Economic Development was another buzz word. Just what are the economic development plans for the City of Mountain Home? Have these plans been “communicated” to the people? Maybe the City could go out and actively recruit a sister industry to match our Elmore County plans of bringing in a slaughterhouse?
6. Water. While we are discussing economic development, no platform and quality of life we might as well throw unicorns and water into the mix. Did I actually hear someone say our Mayor projects we have only 20 years left before our underground drinking water supplies runs out? I think I heard that but someone will correct me if I am mistaken, I'm sure.
- Anyone who doesn't thinks there is anything more important than water to this community should round up that herd of unicorns that drank all the water in the Mountain Home Reservoir this summer.
This political forum was highly informative and educational. It is my hope that any likely voters who deliberately decided not to attend this event will do the right thing and stay out of the voting booth this November 5th, 2013.
This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho