Partisan elections should go

There’s no Republican way to pick up garbage, just as there’s not Democratic way to rezone a plot of land. Fundamental differences exist between tru Republicans and Democrats, but these philosophies generally don’t get into areas such as trash pickup and animal control regulations.

When you get right down to it, practically nothing that a city’s governing council does fits neatly into the platform of either major political party. So there’s little reason for party labels to play an important role in municipal elections, but they do in the city of Greenville.

As County Democratic Chairman Billy Webster told a Greenville Piedmont reporter, party labels restrict some people from getting involved in city government.

Some potentially good candidates don’t run because they feel uncomfortable carrying the banner for either of the major political parties. And no doubt others don’t run because it would be impossible for them to win in their home districts without changing party loyalties.

Only 1,282 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election in the city – only 4.8 percent of the city’s registered voters. More people than that voted in the Republican primary in late March.

Almost three-fourths of the cities in this state have non-partisan city elections. The city of Greenville should join their ranks.