HMA Public Relations has never worked on political campaigns – and for good reason. We have clients and staff members in various places on the political spectrum and being apolitical just works for us.
We do, however, believe in being an active member of our community. Part of that is encouraging everyone on the HMA team to vote – however they choose.
What I find troubling are some of the offices we vote for. We have some mandates in the Arizona constitution that probably worked really well in the Territorial Days, but we, as a state, have grown up.
We do not elect city police chiefs. Those organizations go through extensive hiring processes to find the best, most qualified people for the job. Yet we leave it up to the voting public to elect county sheriffs to run law enforcement agencies.
Why do we still vote for County Attorney, County Assessor, County Treasurer, County Recorder and County School Superintendent? Those aren’t really policy-making positions. They are more procedural or clerical than anything else and guided by laws already in place. Wouldn’t we be better-served having someone actually qualified for the job versus someone who got the most votes to collect taxes, invest county money, run elections or oversee schools?
To become the Arizona State Mine Inspector, you do not have to know anything about minerals, job safety or that copper is one of Arizona’s Five Cs. The only qualification you need is to get more votes than anyone else. And to be County Attorney, you don’t even need to be a lawyer in good standing!
I’m just glad we don’t have to actually vote for Dog Catcher.