Well-known Indy blogger Paul Ogden throws out a great point tonight while discussing this private investigator debaucle in Carmel. He mentions in a late night blog this evening that Carmel Mayor James Brainard is now a very politically vulnerable individual.
Unfortunately, no matter how vulnerable he may be, he will be winning yet another term as Carmel's mayor in this November's elections. How can we be so sure? because neither the Democrats nor the Libertarians ran a candidate against him. You see, Carmel is an unusually huge Republican stronghold. For whatever reason, the other two parties with ballot access in the state decided that running someone against Brainard just wasn't worth it.
One of the best ways for people and parties to gain name recognition and to be considered viable by the public is to get out there and fill every ballot position they can. Ballot choices are also good for the voters, who are put in a position to let their voices be heard. Alas, though, come November in Carmel, Indiana, a multi-term mayor with what is likely to be a pretty low public opinion is going to be elected to another term in office.
The point here is simple. Get out there. Get involved. Run for office. Make sure voters have options.