Gaming the system?
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Jeramy Day, the chair of the Grand County Republican Party, apparently has no trouble speaking with a forked tongue.

In an article printed March 22 in The Times Independent he says, “the party will not support Ashley Korenblat on the Republican ticket. We won’t support the underhanded attempt to game the system just to further an individual’s agenda. I would not support anyone doing that.”

Yet Mr. Day is one of a group of five Republicans who have done just exactly that, an underhanded attempt to game the system to meet their own agenda.

County voters created a seven-member, non-partisan council 25 years ago, after much frustration with the way the three-member commission was running the county. There have been at least three attempts put on county ballots since then to return to the three-member council system; Grand County voters have soundly rejected all. When those attempts failed, Day and others decided an end-run around the council was the way to go. The state legislature recently passed a law requiring the county to become partisan and change its form of government by 2020, and within minutes after the governor signed the bill, these people (Day and cohorts) signed themselves up to be the committee who gets to pick who will decide the new form of government, thereby stripping the Grand County Council of any say in the affair.

Grand County Council Member Curtis Wells obviously knew about this bill, but never informed the council. He said he has no allegiance to the council. With partisan voting, no term limits and no recall, if you are a county commissioner doing a lousy job, or only your own agenda and not what the majority of voters want, there is no way to get rid of you.

These people are betting that with the magic “R” in front of a candidate’s name, and people voting a straight ticket, that once again a few Republicans will control the county. You can bet if Democrats had tried these shenanigans, these same Republicans would be screaming foul. But they see nothing wrong with underhanded attempts to game the system as long as it goes in their favor. Remember this when it comes your time to vote.

I want my county government open, transparent and ethical. What this group of partisan politickers is doing is none of these.

—Bonnie Crysdale

Moab

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