University of Puget Sound professor Richard Anderson-Connolly has a message for Pierce County Democrats: stop blaming your troubles on ranked choice voting and take a good look in the mirror.
Anderson-Connolly is a ranked choice voting supporter. On Kelly Haughton’s RCV blog, he expresses disappointment that local Democrats are, in his mind, blaming the new voting system for their poor showing in the recent election.
Earlier this month, County Councilman Calvin Goings, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for county executive, urged his fellow Democrats to reconsider their approach to fielding candidates under the RCV system. Goings noted that Democrats allowed multiple candidates to bear the party label in local elections, while the Republicans allowed only a single party standard bearer.
In the blog post, Anderson-Connolly also cites comments by Pierce County Democratic Party Chairman Nathe Lawver as evidence that Democrats are scapegoating ranked choice voting.
"I hope that rank-and-file Democrats, the progressive base that does most of the work for the leadership, will refuse to go along with the scapegoating of RCV,"Anderson-Connolly writes. "Instead of blaming the system – an explanation that doesn’t fit the facts – Democrats need to engage in a deeper debate about the best way to recruit and build strong candidates."
You can read the full post here.