They're all liars. Well, that's a slight exaggeration. Only 88.7 percent of political candidates mangle the truth, spin the issues, or exchange campaign contributions for special favors.
Like most citizens, the Current doesn't want to be cynical, but it's hard not to see elections through jaded eyes: Congressional redistricting has creatively sliced and diced precincts; Tom Craddick and and Tom DeLay are familiar bedfellows (metaphorically speaking, of course); and Ralph Nader's run for the presidency could undermine the progressive movement. Even the voting machines could be rigged.
Yet, it's the only system we have. After searching for contests that perk up our ears, this week we're highlighting some of the most interesting Democratic primary races for president, state legislature, and county commissioner.
Next week, we'll cover the heated Democratic and Republican races in Congressional District 28.
| The Texas primary is Tuesday, March 9 |
Run-off elections, if necessary, are April 13. You can find out the names of your elected officials by clicking on a link at the Bexar County Elections Office website at www.co.bexar.tx.us/elections and typing in your street name.
This site also contains a list of Early Voting sites and sample ballots for the Republican and Democratic parties. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open these files.