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Group seeks nonpartisan commission
Citizens group to deliver signature sheets Tuesday to Union County
A ballot measure to create a nonpartisan county board of commissioners will likely be on the May 20 primary election ballot.
Union County Citizens for Good Government will deliver signature sheets for the measure to Union County Clerk Robin Church at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Once the signatures are certified, the measure will go before voters.
The measure will ask voters, “Shall the office of Union County Commissioners become a nonpartisan office?”
Volunteers with Union County Citizens for Good Government collected 1,324 signatures for the ballot measure between May and August 2013.
Six-hundred fifty signatures are required.
A informal survey conducted by the group during the 2013 Union County Fair showed residents were strongly in favor of putting the issue on the ballot. It also showed that 77 percent of respondents agree Union County commission candidates should be elected on a nonpartisan basis.
Seventy-eight percent of 266 respondents agreed that “Partisan primary elections for Union County elected officials limit choice of candidates to members of a particular party, keep voters from participating in elections, produce election results that do not capture broad community sentiment, and encourage unhealthy partisan conflict in local government decisions. Making elections entirely nonpartisan for Union County elected officials will give all voter full equality and standing, insure all voters have equal rights, and supports the idea that our democracy must work for everyone.”
The group notes that support for the statement was shared by members of different parties, except for those who identified as registered “other.”
Nearly all Democrats, at 98.9 percent, 91 percent of Independents and 67.9 percent of Republicans agreed.