End Lieutenant Governor Elections

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The Post-Gazette nails it. We shouldn’t have elections for positions where nobody knows what the office does.

Governors and state representatives are perfect for elections because there are clear positions and people have a good idea of how people’s values will translate into legislation. Voters are pretty well-equipped to hold them accountable.

That is not the case for offices like Treasurer or Controller or Sheriff or Prothonotary. Voters have no idea what these people do, and we should stop holding elections for them.

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5 Responses to End Lieutenant Governor Elections

  1. Adam B. says:

    Make it simple and do it like NJ: once you have a nominee, s/he has a few weeks to name a LG candidate, and the LG also runs a cabinet agency so s/he actually has something meaningful to do.

    You greatly expand the pool of talented people for the position if you do it this way.

  2. Jon Geeting says:

    That’s an awesome idea

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  4. Seth Warren says:

    Wrong! The Post-Gazette editorial board is wrong about this and they are wrong about appointing judges based on “merit.” What we need is a better-engaged and educated electorate (something politicians hate), not a reduction of choices in the voting booth. Of course, here we find ourselves in catch-22 territory.

  5. dick says:

    how about corners–is there a Republican or Democratic way to die?