Political Mircocosm

Well, I’m not on the condo association board. Neither are any of the people who were walking the neighborhood to rally support for the election. Beyond the record number of candidates, the actual meeting was the best attended I’ve seen, and we had a large, perhaps record, number of proxies mailed in. In that sense, it was a great success – we went from legally hand-tied to about twice our quorum, and we do have a newly elected board (who we know the names of this time)

Paradoxically, the 100 or so mailed in proxies are also why there was so little change in the board. Most people probably read the included biographies, and voted for the three incumbents, and then the people who could list the most similar experience. That’s certainly what i would have done if wasn’t more involved. In the process, they elected our former president, who is currently performing military service in Afghanistan (yes, it’s legal – he is still a unit owner – but not very effective) and another person who has not attended the last two meetings.

The two new people offer some hope. One is the very first resident, who has been somewhat active. The other is one of the people who will be getting a road very close to her home. She had a pretty impressive ‘resume’ and appears to be a pretty nice person to boot.

And, provided the board doesn’t reject our ideas, we can still carry out the plans various people have had. We can still make suggestions to the board, and provided help and assistance (I’ve heard something about committees) We can still do newsletter, and there was talk of block party as well.

Indeed my thoughts have been practically subversive in the wake of the election. If we have the newsletter, then we will probably be publishing it – perhaps including some the other plans. The block party might also serve as a way to introduce people to some of the non-incumbents they might want to vote for next time.

The only thing I hate about this is that we’re starting to look like a political party.

It occurred to me a while ago that the association was a kind of political microcosm. The same types of issues appear here as anywhere. We could just keep doing things the way they have been done; things don’t get worse but they probably don’t get better. Or we could set in motion sweeping reform and greatly improve the service available – upsetting the balance that has existed so far, and maybe raising the association dues (i.e., taxes) to pay for it.

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