A bleak reality has emerged from various focus polling in our region concerning the selection of candidates for 2012 elections in Contra Costa County. Among polling groups throughout Contra Costa County there is a general belief that "they are all crooks" when referring to our elected officials and the candidates put forward by our county's political consortium. As voters, we need to elect those individuals we believe will serve our will and interests as communities and neighborhoods and we cannot excuse ourselves from such voting because of a wide-spread belief that "they are all crooks."
As you prepare for coverage of campaigns' start-up in 2012 it should be an advantage to know how your readers feel about the ethics and honesty of their elected officials and proposed candidates for political office. We saw a recent shift in voter support in San Ramon explained by polling as a need to change the relationships and attitudes of that government. Will your readers as voters follow-through on that result and change state, county and city officials in the June 2012 election? Or will we see another minority of voters electing such officials because a majority believes "They are all crooks?"
**CDSI Research courtesy to allied news services**
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