We used to worry about climate change deniers getting into Congress, but now we have even more problematic candidates running for office.
I mean, having 139 climate deniers in Congress today (source) is deeply problematic, yes, but now we also have to worry about election deniers trying to get into elected office.
Just in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp is being challenged (on the right) by Vernon Jordan, a pro-Trump supporter who is running on a platform that Kemp didn’t do enough to make sure Trump won the 2020 election. Jody Hice is running against GA’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger using the same platform.
But we don’t just have problematic people running for the top jobs in the states. Oh no. I also saw this in the headlines recently:
That’s right — adherents of this dangerous group are working to spread their conspiracies and affect education policies right in our backyards. As the article points out, they may know enough not to call themselves Qanon, but that’s the agenda they are pushing.
But here’s where it gets difficult. It’s often quite difficult to find information about candidates running for very local races. More often than not, candidates for these local races won’t be identified on the ballot as belonging to one party or another, so simply saying “vote blue” isn’t an effective strategy for weeding these people out.
So how can you find out who is running for your local races? I have a few suggestions. First, be sure to read any election related information that your county sends you — like candidate statements or a list of endorsements each candidate may have. Those things can give you some clues.
You can also find out quite a bit by Googling their name and the name of the position they are running into. I’ve found articles written in local newspapers or community guides with short interviews with the candidates, or clips of debates that they participated in, etc.
But if you don’t have the time to do that, it’s critical that you plug into a local community group that does have volunteers that are looking out for those red flags. You likely have a local precinct chair, or a social services organization that focusing on voting rights or elections, or a group like Indivisible — attend their meetings or sign up for their emails and learn more about candidates that way.
It is imperative that we stop election deniers and conspiracy theorists from winning seats in our local communities.
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