Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Guestblog: Fred Carroll: Stand my Ground on the Ballot

All opinions of guest bloggers are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Insider staff. Fred Carroll has been a guest blogger in the past and is a candidate for Common Council for the Realistic Balance Party line.

In his own words:  First, let me cut to the chase and state that I have decided to, in John Kilian's words, "stand  my ground on the ballot" and continue to run for a seat on the Common Council. My motivation for deciding to stay on the ballot is the same as moved me to consider vacating in the first place, which is to say the sorry state of Third Party Politics around here.

Even as I was disillusioned to the point of resignation by the official shenanigans of the dominant political machine in Middletown, I now feel a renewed dedication to do whatever it takes to fight the good fight for a free and fair election.

In other words, cross every "t," and dot ever "i," and jump through every hoop and bend over forward or backward as indicated by ever changing law or arbitrary whim.

When legitimate candidates like Wesleyan Professor Steven Devoto or Army Nurse John Kilian have to spend so much effort just to be on the ballot, then it is definitely time for anyone and everyone who can, to lean their shoulder into the task of giving outsiders a fair shot local politics.

So even as I continue to clean the streets of Middletown, unconcerned with getting paid, so I will continue to pursue elective  office in Middletown unconcerned with the probability of it "paying off".       

  Sincerely, Fred Carroll

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