We regularly hear of efforts across the country to deprive voters of the rights normally attributed to the Republican Party. Still, I was saddened to read about another example of an attack on electoral rights perpetrated by our local Democratic Party in an article hidden in the back of the local department (“5 Dems oppose upsing for house seat” November 13).
The article referred to the request by five candidates running for the State House seat in the 31st District of Cincinnati that the local Democratic Party not endorse anyone prior to the primary. A similar situation was also mentioned in the election of my country representative in the 32nd district in 2014, when the party’s support for Christie Bryant Kuhns resulted in the other Democratic candidate being eliminated from the race.
We all know that party recommendations bring political and, above all, financial support and give the supported candidate a head start in a field of competent candidates. Since the 31st, like the 32nd, is a district where the Democratic candidate usually wins, why not have voters screened the candidates instead of restricting local party officials to vote? That’s not what democracy is about, it’s just a more subtle way of taking the vote away from a voter. In some cases, the message is conveyed to candidates: “You must pay your dues first or wait for your turn” to run for office.
It is time for the Cincinnati Democrats to stand up for democracy and its right to vote for the candidate of their choice and to tell the local party that they do not support these tactics.
Sue Wilke, Northside