i figured out who i’m going to vote for tomorrow
MAYOR: Randy Credico (Tax Wall Street Party). Supports instant runoff voting, wants to make marijuana a non-arrestable offense and shut down the special narcotics office, against stop-and-frisk, against the cabaret law, against the soda ban, against the smoking ban in bars, against eminent domain abuse, wants to replace community boards with an Occupy-inspired system. He’s by far the most progressive candidate— and committed to actually being progressive, not just saying he is.
PUBLIC ADVOCATE: Letitia James (Democratic Party/Working Families Party). Supports instant runoff voting, wants to reform marijuana laws, against stop-and-frisk, against the soda ban, against the Atlantic Yards project. It’s rare that I vote for one of the big parties when there are small-party candidates, but James is really great on all the biggest issues, and I’d be a hypocrite not to vote for her.
COMPTROLLER: Julia Willebrand (Green Party). Supports instant runoff voting, supports marijuana legalization, opposes stop-and-frisk, wants to divest the city from fossil fuels. She’s the only candidate with that last position, which is one of the few ways I can think of that the Comptroller can actually do something really good.
BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT: Eric Adams (Democratic Party/Working Families Party). Supports instant runoff voting and drug law reform. It’s a meaningless position, so I guess the best move is to vote for someone who’ll hopefully be a spokesman for good stuff.
BROOKLYN DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Ken Thompson (Democratic Party). Opposes stop-and-frisk. Doesn’t have his opponent’s history of corruption.
CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: Laurie Cumbo (Democratic Party/Working Families Party). Running unopposed. I’m voting for her, James, and Adams on the Working Families line, because I’d rather show support for a small party.
JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT: Ross Brady (Conservative Party), Kevin Finnegan (Working Families Party), Ilan Schoenberger (Working Families Party), Mendy Mirocznik (Working Families Party). Judicial elections in New York are a sham, for lots of reasons. The Democratic and Republican Parties agree to nominate the same people, and the third-party candidates aren’t even real third-party candidates, just people who were given judicial nominations to get them off the ballot for other positions. There’s no good way to even compare the candidates and figure out who would do a better job, because judges can’t take positions or say much of anything. So for lack of any better criteria, I’m voting for the third-party candidates just to protest the whole stupid system. Maybe if they get a lot of votes, people will pay more attention to this problem and fix it. (There are five slots open; I’m leaving the fifth blank, because what am I gonna do, choose a random Democrat based on their name?)
JUDGE OF THE CIVIL COURT: Vincent F. Martusciello (Conservative Party). Same reason as above.
Voting yes on all of the ballot questions. A couple are good, the rest seem harmless and neutral.
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