Elected officials have certain obligations to the people they serve. One is to inform the people in a timely manner of their departure from office. It does not have to be an elaborate press conference. Just a simple post on a web page or an announcement in the local paper that they will not be seeking reelection. It’s really just the decent thing to do.
As time goes on, it appears more and more likely that Commissioner Kern does not plan to run again in November. What’s not so clear is the reason why. Kern has not made it known and it’s difficult to say if he ever will. Informing the citizens of Whitehall does not appear to be high on his list of priorities.
The fact is becoming clear that Kern will not be on the ballot in November. The obvious question is:why not? No one I’ve spoken to knows for certain. As CACK continues to find out, we are listing a number of potential reasons below. They are not insulting or intended to be misconstrued as potshots against Commissioner Kern. Simply put, we want to know why he’s not running again. Until we find out, all we can do is speculate.
- He’s decided to seek a higher office at some point in the near future
- The true nature of politics in Whitehall has been too stressful for Kern and he needs a break
- Politics has taken too much time away from his family and his career
- His opponents in the primary are too strong politically for him to defeat so he’s bowing out gracefully
- He feels he has done his part and it is time to move on.
Hopefully one day the commish will let the people know. We will not dwell on it forever. There is a primary coming up and CACK intends to keep Whitehall’s citizens up to date on what’s happening.