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Muddy season is almost over

I'm eagerly counting down the days until Tuesday when this election is over. I used to think I'd seen it all when it comes to politics and it turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong.

I've seen some of politics' ugly underbelly and it's a scary site.

For the life of me, I don't understand city council candidates presenting themselves as saviors, as though they themselves are the only ones capable of making change.

How many letters to the editor have you read from a candidate or from someone endorsing a candidate who points out their strengths, as opposed to a bunch of negative crud about their opponent?

I've sat back and watched city council candidates create conspiracy theories and sling mud, via flyers, interviews and on web pages.

There's even one running for office that operates as though, if elected, it'll be a one-man show with him in the spotlight.

What is it with these candidates?

Do they have to hide behind vicious attacks and conspiracy theories because they aren't confident enough in their beliefs to simply keep it clean and present their platforms?

C'mon already. I've seen enough.

As a voter, I have always been sickened by the candidate who ran a negative campaign. It's always compelled me to look into his or her opponent a little more closely. It's also swayed my vote.

I'm fed up with the sign wars, too! Where one springs up, so does another. And another. And, well, you see where I'm going with this.

If, unlike me, you haven't cast your vote yet, stop and think about what kind of human being you want representing your interests and creating legislative policies on your behalf.

Do you want a councilman that's paranoid about a city's staff or a council's intentions? Or worse yet, a councilman that surrounds himself or herself with a bunch of malicious bullies?

My hope is that, regardless of who gets elected, this drama will be done and over with, kaput, come Nov. 4.

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