Stephenson County Democrats held a press conference at their Freeport headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 31, to announce that Monday they confirmGuest Column: Robert Kaderly on the move? ed that on Oct. 20 Republican County Board Candidate Robert Kaderly has purchased a home [in District G] and has or will be moving out of * District F where he is seek[ing] office.
It is also our understanding that Mr. Kaderly chose not to disclose this information to voters at a public forum in Freeport on Monday October 23rd, or to the press and local organizations who endorse candidates.
Stephenson County Democratic Party Chairman Tom Jackson said: It is unethical for a candidate and/or a political party to knowingly mislead voters in such a manner.
Following are some District F constituent questions:
Did Kaderly and the Republican Party intend to deceive County voters?
For what purpose?
Who knew and when?
At least County Democrats found out BEFORE the election.
In 1998, a similar situation occurred and it wasnt until AFTER the election [Democrats] became aware, Jackson said.
But by then it was too late, the voters had spoken (or so they thought); the Republican Party selected the replacement; and an incumbent was born!
Often media and community leaders allege voter apathy? These deceptive practices enable those in control to stay in control.
Voter apathy? Na-uh! Voter hopelessness! What IS the point of voting if a party can so easily substitute players?
So why beat our chest and pretend to be surprised/disappointed when juvenile crime increases or a voter turnout decreases?
Make a pledge. All politics IS local! Dont vote for appointed/hand-selected incumbents! Make a choiceELECT your next representative.
Contributing Writer Marianne L. Garvens is a Freeport resident.
From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue