In 22 days we will have a new President and a 100% new administration. In 96 days we could have up to a 50% new Naperville city council with the possibility of four new members on the council.
President-Elect Donald Trump has been making a nine-state ‘thank you’ tour thanking those who voted for him and helped him secure the Presidency of the United States. He doesn’t have to do that but he’s doing it. I can’t remember a President doing that in my life time, and I’ve been interested in politics since 1952 when at the age of eight, I was enamored with the process watching the Republican and Democrat conventions on television with Eisenhower and Stevenson prevailing. 11 Presidents later, and Trump is the first one touring States to thank the voters.
Since Watchdog’s inception in December 2010, there have been three municipal elections, and I can’t remember any winning city council candidate going on a tour and thanking voters for their vote. Typically they retreat to an after election get together at a local restaurant, or watering-hole for a few brews. They thank their campaign workers, their family, and their donors, but what about going out and thanking the voters who made it happen.
There’s no reason it couldn’t be done. Home Owner Association meetings, local groups, for-profit and non-for-profit groups; there’s all sorts of possibilities. If not a thank-you tour, how about a thank-you-for-your vote mailer. Candidates are inundating residents with redundant mailers up to the day of the election. How about an after-election mailer simply to say ‘thank you’. Why not a little ‘thank you’ in the local newspaper, AKA, the 10th council member. How about the local TV station. Why not write a ‘thank you’ note submitted to the Watchdog for posting. Watchdog would gladly post any city council candidate’s ‘thank you’ to the residents.
City council candidates are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from other candidates, why not do it with a ‘thank you’. It’s working for the President-Elect.