Even if you don't live in Cotati or Rohnert Park, even if you know absolutely nothing about Karyn Pulley, you may want to vote for her. Pulley is the school board member targeted last week by a pair of robo-calls from an anonymous detractor.
In the meanness and pettiness that afflicts local politics from time to time, it has come down to this. Someone other than one of her rival candidates decided it was OK to take a free shot at a school board member who has served her community for a dozen years.
When this kind of politics reaches down to school board and city council elections, observed my colleague, Chris Coursey, "it is a very sad day."
We are left to wonder if this anonymous person has the good sense to be embarrassed.
Now and always, voting is the best revenge. When politicians and political operatives find out there's a price to pay for such tactics, they will stop employing them. People find countless reasons to choose one candidate or another, but they could do worse than vote for the candidate who shows respect for their intelligence.
In recent years, we have come to expect these dispiriting moments in election campaigns.
What's more surprising in this election season is how strangely quiet it has been.
There are four reasons, I think:
First, they shouldn't, but people not involved with one special interest group or another have more or less given up on state government. Too many years of dysfunction have taken their toll.
Second, in a region with overwhelming Democratic majorities, most of the congressional and state legislative campaigns are over before they start.