The true constituents...
May 01, 2014 | 1169 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is a word being thrown around a lot lately in the debates over land use in Grand County: “constituency.” What does that mean?

A constituent is one who authorizes another to act for him. A constituency is a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative to public office. Therefore, those who vote for a particular candidate or representative are their constituency.

The democratic process is a wonderful thing. It gives the people a voice but prevents mob rule. Political parties were developed to aid in this process by giving candidates a “platform”on which to stand so that the people might be educated as to the philosophy and values of a candidate while holding them accountable to the people they purport to represent (their constituency). Party politics are technically not allowed in Grand County. But there is no doubt that Republicans (conservatives) and Democrats (liberals) still recruit, campaign, and vote for candidates that will think and do in office as those political party members would do. It’s a representative form of government. When we find a candidate whose ideas and feelings about issues and what they would like to accomplish in office most closely match our own, we vote for him /her – and then count on them to do what they said they would do while campaigning.

I understand the frustration and disappointment that follows when the candidate of your own philosophy and persuasion doesn’t get elected (we conservatives are suffering now through our current president’s administration). But that’s the way the ball bounces in America. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. I still believe all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are doing what they feel is best.

Right now there are some people claiming that our county council is not representing the citizens of the county. I would like to remind them that there were enough conservative citizens (the majority, in fact) to elect a more conservative county council this time around. We, their true constituents, are counting on them to follow through with the promises they made, to do what is best for Grand County.

They are supported by a majority of citizens even though we may not be as vocal or as astute in letter-writing.

The liberals and environmentalists need to realize they are not the only voices that count in Grand County, even though they would like to think they are.

—Merrie Knutson


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