2003-10-24 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS

With Beverly Baxter

On November fourth there will appear for the first time on the Ballot the exciting question of Non-Partisan Elections. The proposal, if passed, could change the equity in our political system forever. When we go to vote, we feel good about being part of the process and having a say in how we want our government to be. We "choose" our candidate; however, in actuality, that candidate has already been chosen for us. Since it is the party that chooses, the choice then becomes beholden to the party rather than the constituency. The prospect of Non-Partisan Elections will do away with the party-stronghold and free up the market for a greater number of candidates who wish to run.

There are many very capable people here in Rockaway who have for a number of years dedicated themselves to community service. Among the roster are names like Palmer Doyle and Chris Jorge; well meaning people who have the community’s sincerest interests at heart. They have paid their dues and deserve a fair chance if they so wish to run. However, unless you are the party-darling, you rarely have a fair chance.

Non-Partisan Elections, an Independence Party initiative, has been in practice in nearly 80% of the cities in the U.S. It is on the Ballot this year in New York for the first time with the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg, who, in exchange received the Independence Line, which he desperately needed, in his bid for Mayor.

Although the recent California elections seemed, at best, chaotic, it was an example of an open free market of candidates. Yet, the process was an example of competition at its purest form. Indeed, it was rather laughable to see the myriad of candidates who felt entitled and qualified to run the state of California; and maybe this process is perfect for a state that lives by the adage, "If the substance isn’t there, the appearance (or a Body Builder) will do"; however, the candidates ran unencumbered by a particular political machine. Those who argue against Non-Partisan Elections are the Parties themselves that state that the process would make it impossible for the ordinary Joe to run without the backing, resources, and troops that fuel a campaign. However, these resources are not given for free. The candidate, if elected, becomes the property of the party.  

The Non-Partisan Election process enables a candidate to obtain signatures from any registered voter, without any party affiliation. If the candidate is worthy and deserving, he will have natural enthusiastic supporters. The two best candidates who emerge triumphant in the primary will run against each other in the general election. Currently, there are 640,000 registered voters who do not vote under any party affiliation. If this passes, it will enable them to be part of the primary, the most important part of the process.

If you agree with Non-Partisan Elections, it will be listed on the lower right hand corner on the Ballot next to Question #3: City Elections.

***Father Devine of Our Lady of the Skies Chapel of JFK International Airport will host a Luncheon at Russo’s-0n-the-Bay on Thursday, October 30 at 11:45 am. Located on the 4th Floor Departure Level of International Ter­minal 4, the Chapel is frequented by travelers, as well as by employees of the airport. It is open everyday from 6am until 10 pm. Father Devine gives Mass on Saturdays at 5pm. This year’s Luncheon will feature exciting Raffle prizes like round trip tickets to Ireland and other wonderful destinations. To make reservations, contact Mike Kell­er. Tickets are $50.

***The Night of Roses Dinner Dance hosted by St. Rose of Lima at Russo’s was a wonderful occasion in honor of Father Peter Gillen who has done so much over the past ten years to expand and inspire the Parish community. I also had the delightful occasion of meeting a lovely lady named Pat Tuite who came over and introduced herself to me and I very much appreciated her kind words.

***There will be a benefit to support The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foun­dation and The Peninsula Hos­pital Diabetes Treatment Center in its ef­fort to expand its existing facility to include children under the age of sixteen. Currently, there are children throughout the Peninsula who have to travel to Cornell Medical Center, Win­throp, and L.I.J. to receive emergency treatment since we have no Doctors who specialize in this area of medicine. The Benefit is being sponsored by Tina and Daniel Lopez of Beach Properties and Management and will be held at the Beach Club on Thursday, Novem­ber 13 from 7 ‘til 11pm. You may also contact Joe Mure, President of the Brooklyn Queens Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foun­dation for more information. Look for Joe Mure’s fabulous North Pole display at his home in Neponsit on December 6.  

***My condolences to the family of Betty Dermody who recently passed away. Although Betty resided in Woodside, she was a loyal supporter of all of our Parade functions. Her warmth and enthusiasm will be missed.

***I am saddened to hear that Mr. Jimmy Supple is in the hospital. He has endeared himself to so many who are praying for him and Mary and the Supple family at this time.

***Happy Birthday wishes to Rose­mary Sullivan-Murphy!

***Hope to see many of you at The Peninsula Hospital Ball to be held this Saturday night at The Sands in At­lantic Beach.

***See you...On the Beach!

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