Political Issues: Elected Officials with Single-Issue, Narrow, or Seemingly Hidden Agendas

Examples of Behavior:

  • An individual or group has a “bone to pick” with the local government (like a code enforcement or a personnel decision affecting them or a family member) and exploits some other community issue to try to prove how incompetent or ineffective the city or county is run and to strengthen their own political power base.
  • Newly elected officials see their election certificate as a license to pursue their own narrow agenda with little restraint, not recognizing that with their election comes responsibility to uphold the integrity of their new office as a representative of all citizens.

Concern:
Elected officials may not be able to objectively determine what is in the interest of the entire community versus that of a small group or individual.

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