Meet John Doe: Take control of your local government and vote in the November election

Paul Gorski
Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Please vote this fall — do not let a small group of vocal voters control the election this November.

Less than 20 percent of the registered voters in Winnebago County voted in the spring primary elections. Worse, less than 15 percent of the registered voters in Rockford cast a ballot in the primaries.

Primary voters decided some of the races. This means a small group of residents decided who is going to hold local office, or at least, advance to the next step in the election process.

I know many of you lack faith in politicians. This article started as a treatise on how lies and scandals affect our votes. However, the studies I found about the topic show we accept lies, or less than the full truth, from politicians as the norm. Why? We should insist that our elected leaders be capable public servants and as truthful as possible. An open and free political dialog between elected officials and their constituents is a foundation for our government.

My complaint with many politicians is not that they lie (I know many truthful politicians), but that some are lazy, or at best, are not as motivated as other politicians. So, seek out candidates who have experience doing their homework on important topics and those candidates who have a good record of following up on constituent requests. I suggest you stop voting for people just because you “like” them. I like many people, but I would not vote for many people I like. Sorry, no insult intended to my friends out there.

As in most elections, we have two general classes of elected officials: managers and legislators. Managerial or executive offices include: governor, attorney general, treasurer and sheriff, among others. These people are responsible for managing offices, large staffs and coordinating efforts between agencies. Then, there are the legislators: senators, congressional representatives, and county board members. Legislators are part of a larger political body. Despite the tendency to focus on the executives, the legislators control spending and are the ones who bring your issues to the forefront through legislation. I vote for my governor, but I talk to my legislators.

We have worthy candidates on the ballot this fall, and I have faith in many of these candidates. Now is the time to ask your questions of the candidates. Call their offices, visit their websites and ask your questions. Many candidates or their volunteers will be coming to your door very soon. Do not turn them away. Pull them inside and give them a list of your questions. Make them earn your vote.

Again, please vote this November. Voting is easy. The Rockford and Winnebago County election offices will be offering early voting and absentee voting in addition to regular Election Day voting. Follow The Rock River Times for early voting dates and times.

Paul Gorski ( is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper.

From the Aug. 13-19, 2014, issue

2 thoughts on “Meet John Doe: Take control of your local government and vote in the November election

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I lack faith in politicians due to Agrippa’s trilemma. No politician is truthful. Either the politician is delusional or a fraud. I sure don’t want to vote a delusional politician into office. And I don’t think I want a criminal fraud in office. However, there are a couple of politicians that have acted against me, and I’d sure like them out of office, such as Judge Gwyn Gulley. She likes to make people feel like they get a fair trial (Rockford Register Star, I believe). In other words, I believe she wants to deceive people into believing there was a fair trial. That doesn’t mean she wants people to have a fair trial. Furthermore, as she constantly proceeds over the unconstitutional Illinois Stalking No Contact Order Act cases in the Winnebago County, Illinois court, I’d have her impeached. She must have been crossing her fingers behind her back when she took her judge’s oath. I think she’s an idiot, and I’d put my professionalism on the line for that comment.

    Definitely, if I were to vote, it would be with the emphasis to remove people from office rather than put them into office. I definitely would not vote for Judge Gwyn Gulley.

    • Sep 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

      VOTE NO FOR Judge Gulley!! She is up for retention re-election on Nov 04,2014. My story is just one of several similar stories….Families and children falling prey to Judge Gulley’s rulings, by not doing what is logically and ethically right for the families involved. She continues to send people back to mediation instead of making a decision. I have been to mediation 8 times with my ex. He won’t compromise and nothing is ever agreed upon. Yet,Judge Gulley is sending us back to mediation again! In court, Judge Gulley would NOT stand behind her own court order of “ALL child exchanges to be held at Children’s Safe Harbor Facility.” Now my daughter and I are back in the clutches of a narcissistic sociopath. Safe no longer just because Judge Gulley won’t stick by her own court order.
      Please get the word out….help other families and children who can’t help themselves….VOTE NO to re-elect Judge Gulley!!!

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