There were a few actual registered Dems running for Town Council this year. Nice.
They didn't win any seats, but I was glad to see them interested enough to run, anyway. Just wish they had been interested enough to campaign like they seriously wanted to win (Rev. Cotton excluded - he was working like he wanted it).
However, the candidates who won seats yesterday were candidates from whom I received mailers & doorhangers and who's signs I saw every where; one progressive I (incumbent), and two conservative Rs (one incumbent, one challenger).
Clayton Council races are non-partisan, but they are all at-large which (and this is just my unprofessional opinion) seems to keep the council homogeneously caucasian, male and conservative. Not saying that ALWAYS matters, but you know even conservative white men know in their gut it does matter. If we broke up the town into districts and asked folks to run for the seat where they lived, things would certainly shake up a bit.
BUT, then again, it also seems to my unprofessional eyes that this local small town vote went to the candidates who worked the hardest to conduct effective, door-to-door campaigns, regardless of their stands on issues or party affiliation.
FIRST: I never saw the candidates who share my political affiliation campaigning in my downtown north-of-the-RRtracks neighborhood, the most reliably D area of Clayton. Didn't get any mailers from them. Didn't get a door hanger or a door knock and do not remember seeing them at the few Council meetings or Dem/progressive events I attended during the campaign season. (Yeah yeah yeah ... non-partisan, schmartisan. Tell the GOP in Johnston County that local elections are hands-off non-partisan and watch the twinkling eyes and smiles crawl across the faces. LOL)
SECOND: I have lived in Clayton for ten years. I have voted in every national, state, local off-season, on-season election for the last eight years. Progressive and/or Democratically affiliated candidates had access to my voter affiliation and my voting record. I never got a knock on my door or saw any evidence that they had come by my home when I was away. That is inexcusable in a local small-town election. But the conservative challenger who won knocked on my door. hmm.
Honestly, if you can't take the time, or you're not going to take the time to get out and walk neighborhood streets and talk to residents of your small town one-on-one on their doorsteps, do you really think you're going to win with newspaper ads & articles and candidate forum appearances? Nope. Not happening.
Consider this your introductory race. Try harder next time, guys. Act like you mean it. It has got to matter to you, personally. Folks may not want to hear you talk, but they might give you a chance if they feel like you are listening to them and see you working harder than the next guy for their vote. I really hope to see you on my doorstep in two years.