On September 15th Draper City had a primary election for its mayoral and councilperson races. As I have never missed an election (even on my mission) this was no exception and I dutifully filled out my absentee ballot. Before doing so I read the candidate bio sheet to try and make an informed decision. It was interesting how most of the candidates shared credit for the same things and boasted the same qualifications- with one major exception. A candidate named Mark Barrett said the following on his bio page:
-Not a land developer
-Not a personal friend of land developers
-Concerned citizen representing my neighbors best interests
I didn’t know that not doing something was a qualification and if it is I don’t know why he stopped at land developing. Why not add “I am not an adulterer or a murderer”. How about “I am not stupid or a klutz?”.
Wouldn’t it be great if we were judged by what we are not? I think all of us would be able to add much more to our qualification list! I for one am not an Olympian, not a hair-dresser, not a supermodel, not a astrophysicist, not Miss America. If you read over that list quickly I sound pretty amazing!
I wonder if Mark wanted to be elected at all? Surely he has some real qualifications. It’s not like it is president- just Draper City Council!