Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ramblings: Election Season

Election Season

Well, we are approaching that time again. I’m sure that you are starting to think about who you want to vote for. It’s not a decision that should be made lightly. I hope that the voters take their responsibility seriously and make their decisions based on reason and logic as opposed to emotion and blind loyalty.

This is one of the most important elections in recent history and will have serious, long lasting implications for competitive BBQ.


Yeah, BBQ. What did you think I was talking about?

The KCBS elections are coming up and nominations are being accepted now.

If you would be interested in running, explore the possibility and put together a platform. If you know someone else that you think should be running, give them a nudge in that direction and nominate them.

Once the nominations are in place, examine the platforms of the people that are running and see who best matches up with your priorities. Reward those who are running for reelection who you feel have best served the membership and get rid of those who haven’t.

I joined the KCBS last year because I realized that I couldn’t gripe and moan if I didn’t stand up and vote. I would humbly suggest that if you are concerned about BBQ and its culture, join the KCBS and make your voice heard.

Here are my main concerns:

Increasing transparency

Increasing communication by the board to the members

Ensuring that the board is responsive to the membership

Preventing cronyism

Removing any culture of an ‘old boys network’

Increasing geographic disparity in representation

Those are my concerns. If you agree, that’s great. If you have other priorities, respond to this post and let’s discuss it further.