It makes total sense that most of the people who weighed in on this question did so in private. Because in the case of the two Karens up for one seat on the city council, its all about personality.
Instead of responding to the post, most people found some other way to contact me that was less public. Most likely because it isn’t very polite to say “well, that one is a jerk (Rogers) and the other doesn’t know very much (Veldeer).” While people I like and respect didn’t want to say that in public, its still worth knowing so you can decide who you’re going to vote for.
Back to the original post quickly, Thad Curtz puts up a lot of good information (some rather inside baseball), but worth reading. Darkwaterkate and Chad360 also had illustrative reasons why they support Karen Veldeer as well, which both in a way speak to my broader point below.
So, here is the collected knowledge of the larger number of people who responded in private to me:
- The knock on Karen Veldeer is that’s she’s very nice, but not so well versed in city government. But, people say, she’ll learn on the job and make nice with other council members and citizens.
- The knock on Karen Rogers it that she isn’t very nice at all, and while she may be better versed on the issues, may not be willing to learn on the job or get along with people.
And, on the issues, they’re about the same, so when it comes down to it, its about whether you want someone who doesn’t know how to treat people (Rogers) to someone who may be a way more humble, but will work to fill her role on the council (Veldeer).
In my final analysis, I’d rather see where the nice person ends up than see where the not so nice person fits themselves. So, I’m voting for Karen Veldeer.