We see money scandals. We see discussions behind closed doors. And we see outrageous talk on some awfully funny issues.
Oh, and we hear about conflicting poll data.
But wait, what about us?
Yesterday, I was out walking in Sun City Anthem with Sam Bateman, one of the candidates for Henderson City Council. What I heard up the hill yesterday was quite interesting. Despite who held which title and who's on whose team, people are still making up their minds.
This seemed to confirm what I've heard from friends and family around these parts. They're looking at failed development projects and wondering how to clean up the mess. They're looking at the challenge ahead of balancing redevelopment needs Downtown with ensuring other parts of town continue to age gracefully. They're looking at the city budget and want to make sure their tax dollars are being spent wisely.
And despite how some might interpret recent name recognition polls, a number of voters have yet to make up their minds.
And I suspect we're seeing similar dynamics at play in Las Vegas.
So who's listening to us? This may be the critical question going into the primary, which actually starts with early voting this month.
Who's listening to us? Who's doing the most voter outreach? Who's paying attention to what potential constituents are saying? Even in this age of digital everything, those regular one-on-one conversations with real people will likely make the difference, more so than any TV ad, mailer, or flashy event.