Ma­jor party can­di­dates aren’t the only ones run­ning

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Avila Hen­der­son, Bal­ti­more

The Can­ton Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently held a can­di­date fo­rum for those run­ning for mayor and the City Coun­cil. But only the can­di­dates from the two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the Green Party showed up.

If we are go­ing to hold elec­tions for state, lo­cal and fed­eral of­fices but only in­vite can­di­dates af­fil­i­ated with a po­lit­i­cal party, that’s not democ­racy. Why are we so bi­ased against can­di­dates who don’t be­long to any po­lit­i­cal party?

Just be­cause reg­is­tered vot­ers in the city are over­whelm­ingly Democrats, we keep many non­par­ti­san can­di­dates out of the elec­tion process, and that is why many vot­ers and can­di­dates alike be­lieve the sys­tem is rigged, as Don­ald Trump would say.

I im­plore vot­ers to use the In­ter­net and or­ga­ni­za­tions like the League of Women Vot­ers to gain a boarder knowl­edge about all the can­di­dates who are run­ning and what they stand for.

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