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Who’s electable in the City of Compton?

Electable candidates should be shouting from the rafters about improvements they can bring to governance; instead, there is a deafening silence The Compton Herald wants to hear from electable Compton candidates. The City craves new leadership

Electable candidates should be shouting from the rafters about improvements they can bring to governance; instead, there is a deafening silence

The Compton Herald wants to hear from electable Compton candidates. The City craves new leadership and we aim to exercise a heavy hand in the identification, selection, and grooming of prospective candidates for every elective office in the City.

That means we are going to research the qualifications of candidates and assess a “grade” based on the information we possess. If you have nothing more to say, than “Vote for Me,” you are shallow and we will make sure the voters know this — that you bring nothing substantial to the table.

Compton cannot afford to have marginal people without the qualities to lead in “high places.” These individuals know who they are because they are wearing the “shoes that fit.”

It should be understood that running the affairs of a city of 100,000 is not an easy task. Everybody thinks they can do it, but everybody cannot do it. Persons vying for office should have knowledge of the political process and some academic preparation that includes a minimum of a four-year college degree.

Without a firm understanding of the complicated nature of political governance, and the nuances of decision-making, even deal-making for the great good of the city, misunderstanding and friction will ensue that only hurts the city in the long run.

The Compton Herald believes that more political aspirants than not mean well, but if you don’t have the qualifications to fly the jetliner, for God’s sake don’t enter the cockpit.

This has been a weakness in Compton governance for too long. This city can ill-afford more of the same.

It cannot be “Business As Usual” this time around! The same type of candidate without vision or foresight elected time and again creates stagnant leadership and corruption. Compton needs a new spirit of renewed energy, new vigor, ideas, and direction.

The citizens of Compton desire to hear about the political aspirants not given to nepotism, cronyism, or hedonism, but possessed of the rare qualities characterized by moral integrity, independence, creativity, humility, pragmatism, and a willingness to lay aside egos to negotiate with political peers for the greater good.

Voters should trust their instincts and focus on the messages of aspiring candidates. What they say, and how they say it, will be tell-tale.

And remember, race and gender have no bearing.

 

Compton Herald is a digital news publication providing clear, fair and current news, information and commentary about Compton, the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Los Angeles County, California, and the world.

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