Campaigning a necessary part of election process
Many candidates try to increase their chances of getting elected by campaigning. They give out candy, fruit snacks, and even play video games. The question is, does it really help?
Joy Miller, a Williamsville bill flow clerk, says, “It shouldn’t really be the whole reason that they win. Someone could give everyone a million dollars as their campaign, but still be the dumbest person in the world and not deserve the role.”
Angelina Gervasio of Lake Park had the same idea. She said, “I feel like candy is kind of effective, but it should not be the number one factor.”
Xavier Sanchez of Stagg had a different opinion. He said campaigning is very helpful. “It gets their name out there.” Jordan Howell, a former Lake Park delegate and current student at University of Colorado Boulder agrees. “I think it gets the candidates name stuck in their (the voters) head,” she said.
Even though delegates agree that campaigning is an integral part of gaining office, the amounts each candidate spends differ greatly.
According to the Candidate Financial Disclosures (CFD), most of the candidates spent money on their campaigns. There was a wide range of amounts from less than $2 to over $250. Candidates such as Ethan Hamburger and Conner Storey, who spent close to $200, did not win their respective elections.
(written by Tommy Sagins, Williamsville)