Nonpartisan Political Platform

Nonpartisan Defined.  Objective, not supporting or controlled by a political party, special interest group, or the like.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection,
we can catch excellence” –  Vince Lombardi

The Short Version

  1. Support for a Common Vision –  The community working together to make things better where actions result in outcomes where everyone gains, or at least, are not any worse off.
  2. Say what you are going to do, do what you say
  3. Plans and Planning 
  4. Be open, honest, and communicate 
  5. Apply collaborative problem solving and decision-making processes

The Longer Version

1. Common Vision –  The community working together towards the ideal of a more perfect (better) Union and County where actions result in outcomes where everyone gains or at least, are not any worse off in the long-term.  To meet this expectation, answers are needed for at  least two questions:

  • How do all citizens (stakeholders) define more perfect or better?
  • What feedback do citizens need to assess that any changes are resulting in improvement?

2020 Elections – Positions, Voting Records, and Results – Questions for Candidates

2. “Say what you are going to do, do what you say” 

A “plan” is a written account of the intended future course of action (scheme) aimed at achieving the specific goal (s) or objective (s) within a specific timeframe. It explains in detail what needs to be done, when, how, and by whom.

3. Plans and Planning.  Policies and plans identify what citizens want and do not want in terms of government services, economic, and community development.  Ensure that these requirements are documented in plans.

4. Be open, honest, and communicate – transparency

Adhere to Indiana’s Public Access Laws.  At a minimum, ensure that the county government website identifies the roles, responsibilities, and respective state statutes that govern all offices, departments, commissions, and boards.

  • What are the policies for appointments to vacancies on boards and commissions? Is this posted on the government website?
    • Council Policy and Process ?
    • Commissioner Policy and Process?

5. Apply collaborative problem solving and decision making processes

  • Fact, Data, and Process-Based Decision MakingProblems are defined before solutions are determined and implemented.  Does the county publish the process they use in arriving at major decisions?

Outline — Example County Decision Making Process:

  • Background on the topic
  • Identify and defined the problem
  • Identify facts, assumptions and supporting data that validate the problem and support the change
  • Identify the desired solution (s)
  • Identify at least three options that were considered
  • Identify the pros and cons of each option
  • Identify the decision and implementation process
  • Make the change; Conduct periodic follow-ups to assess results
Supporting Initiatives

Community Collaboration and Leadership. Challenges and opportunities to get involved.

Additional Information – Principles for Independent (nonpartisan) voters