"It's time for new voices at the table."
When we walk into a voting booth, we rarely only support one candidate. The political opinions of our voters are complex, and we need an electoral system that reflects this. Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to pick a favorite candidate, a second favorite candidate, a third favorite candidate, and so on. This system has been shown to reduce political polarization and result in candidates being elected who truly represent the desires of their constituency, and it reduces the likelihood that an unwanted candidate will win simply due to an artifact of the election system. Furthermore, a Ranked Choice Voting method will help third parties and independents gain momentum in our county, which will help reduce the excessive power that unelected, partisanly-motivated County Party Chairs wield over the Board. Fair and accurate elections are the bedrock of our democracy, and ranked choice elections will take our democracy into the 21st century.
Read Ben's ideas: "It’s Time to Take Vote Splitting Seriously" - September 2017
In our current system, we don’t elect leaders, we elect fundraisers. Campaign spending is out of control, and the integrity of our government has been corrupted by the outsized influence of wealthy donors. This is no way to run a representative republic. I will support campaign finance restrictions to ensure that our leaders can spend more time knocking on the doors of their constituents and less time on the phone with their funders.