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Reader Reaction Forum: Would you ever run for office?

6:11 PM, Mar. 15, 2013  |  Comments

BEEN THERE: I held elective office in 1980 when I became town clerk of the Town of Meeme in Manitowoc County. The Town Board had the same members for many years, and no one seemed to challenge them, so I thought someone should. I went door to door to each residence in the town, asking for their vote. It was a wonderful experience cut short when I had to move out of the town. I resigned because I no longer met the residency requirement. I would not run for any state or national office because information about every aspect of a life is available to be used as anyone wishes. Campaigns tend to use half-truths, lies and innuendo to discredit the opponent. I don't wish to be a victim nor do I want to engage in that kind of dirty tricks. Couldn't put my family and friends or myself through that horror.

Joan Garrity,

Appleton

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CAN'T IMAGINE IT: The last time I ran for office was in high school, a much more polite era. I can't picture running for any office in today's political climate. Despite that, I ask myself this each election: If these are the best candidates the political parties can put up for election, why bother voting? I can't imagine having to always have an evasive answer to any question or engaging in the low-life mudslinging that passes for campaigning. I guess that's why we get this kind of candidate - anyone with ambition would get a real job and anyone who answers questions truthfully couldn't possibly be elected. Also, I'm not rich and would refuse to sell my soul to special interests just to get elected.

David McCormick,

Appleton

NOT INTERESTED: A few years back, I seriously considered a run for alderman. That was until I realized that fielding phone calls on train horns and recycling bins would occupy more of my time than trying to make any meaningful changes at City Hall. A seat in state government was intriguing, but, after listening to some of my representative's statements on the mining legislation, I realized that I didn't possess the level of cluelessness that was required for the job. Now the thought of being president does excite me. No experience is required and one's ability to convincingly read cue cards trumps meaningful action. As a person who is often accused of being a teenager in an adult body, I have won awards for my ability to blame others for my lack of results. And what better opportunity than a four-year ride to improve my golf game?

John Stoeger,

Appleton

TEMPTED: I have been retired for eight years and it has been suggested that I run for office. Early in my retirement, I did some consulting and functioned as an interim executive for a firm that wouldn't make tough decisions about organization restructuring. I made the tough calls, streamlined the IT division and made it more cost-effective. If I were to run for office, I would take the same approach. My campaign would be based on improving the economy, holding the line on taxes and improving the operations and cost-effectiveness of government. I believe I would do an excellent job. However, I would never run for office because I know that the politics and personal agendas would get in the way of being an effective government leader. Some days, it's embarrassing to be an American when I see the way Washington behaves. Our government can't even prepare a budget?

Walt Zerrenner,

Greenville

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