8. May 2008: The Second Anniversary of the Formation of the
Villages of the Darned
Rigging the Election to Keep the Cronies on the Board
8.1 Rigging the Application Process to Keep People From Being Candidates
The easiest way to make sure your appointed, crony friends are "re-elected"
to help you boss the Community is to make sure no one else runs!
are 4 positions and only your 4 friends run, why then it would be very hard to
In this commentary, we will look at how the incumbents, with
the assistance of the County Bureaucrat, withheld information from the
=> with the effect of keeping the open positions and
deadlines a secret.
8.1.1 What Should Have Been Done
In the May 2006, May 2007, and September 2008 Villages
elections, the mantra was
"get the Community involved, keep the Community
- Advertising the Board openings in the Mountain Times and
Sandy Post, about 6 weeks before the Town Hall election with a will
established due date.
- Having the "official web site" kept up to date
with the information.
- Posting at the usual locations around the community.
- Having other web sites, publications, newsletters, etc
- For the First Town Hall, there was even a Community Wide
8.1.2 Did They Know What and How to Publicize the Openings? Yes
The current incumbent officers/leaders, Chair DSM, Vice
Chair BOG, former Chair SOS, and County Bureaucrat VJG, had active roles in past
elections. (please note that code names are used to protect the innocent). The
entire leadership has been on the Board since the first election, there can be
no valid argue that they "didn't know".
The leadership also knows very well that they have a duty to
the community to make this election open, communicated, and fair. If you
attend any of their meetings, they pontificate at length about keeping the
community trust and how they are required to do it.
Anything besides open, honest communication is not only a
violation the Community Trust...
but also their personal "word" and trust, that
they have repeatedly give to the Community.
8.1.3 What The incumbents/Bureaucrat did for the May 2007 Board
Actually, the 4 incumbent cronies somehow knew and managed
to file to retain their positions.
=> Side Note: well, maybe. Since 2 out of the 3
statements from the newbie incumbents were identically the same as what they
give to the County Bureaucrat in September 2007, it is not clear that they
actually filed for their positions or that the County Bureaucrat VJG just filed
for them... after the deadline?
8.1.4 Opportunities That Were Specifically Avoided
What the incumbent cronies and board leadership didn't do
is clearly a much longer list than what they did.
- the "Official Web Site", managed by the
County Bureaucrat VJG, was allowed to stagnate at what it said in
early March. From about March until early May, it looked like this on
March 28, 2008 (click the image for a more complete version):
Even as late as May 23, the Town Hall notice was exactly as shown and no
agenda was ever posted.
- No notices were published in either the Mountain
Times nor the Sandy Post
- No notices were placed in the post offices nor
- Board incumbents attending community meetings did
not inform the community,
=> not even when specifically asked if there was something to report
from the Villages
- No notification was given to the CPO's
- No notification was given at the Chamber of
- Nothing was sent to the Chamber email list
- No mailings to the Community were made
- Nothing put on the Fire Station reader board
- No Notification to people who are "parties
- No Notification to reporters or newspapers
In other words, they seemed to sit back, stay quiet, and hope
no one noticed. One Community Member did happen to find out a couple days
before and file, but, as we shall see, they had "ways of dealing with
8.1.5 Bottom Line: Keep Others From Filing For Your Cronies' Positions
So, the simplest way to "stay in power" is to
simple make sure no one else is even a candidate. Keeping the Community in the
dark, while it may violate your flowery words, is very effective, and, after
the election, who can do anything (just look at Zimbabwe).
It is especially effect if you can get the County Bureaucrat
to help, the County Commissioners don't seem to care about it
8.2 Hiding the Election from Sight
8.3 Rigging the Election Brochure