As nearly as I can tell, every single citizen of Monongalia County is running to be its next Assessor. This is what happens, I suppose, after a scandal.
But which of 35,000 candidates for the Assessor’s Office is actually qualified to do the work? It seems like we’re about to have an election for a bureaucratic functionary whose role is overseeing the evaluation of property and the collection of taxes from it. Electing some clown whose entire campaign amounts to, “I hate Rodney Pyles accurately evaluating the worth of my property after years of getting away with murder by allowing the county to pay for its services on the back of more recent property owners and I’m going to get elected to prove it!” strikes me as a disastrous situation with potentially calamitous results.
The worst possible outcome for the coming election is getting somebody in there who is simultaneously unprepared for the job while being desperate to revert things back to the way they were. The way things were, in case you’re wondering, was essentially a pyramid scheme wherein purchasing property burdened you with a higher tax bill than the guy across the street living in essentially the same property.
So as before, we’re putting out a call for information: who are these people running for office? What do they believe in? And what do they hope to accomplish? Every time we get information, we’ll update the site to reflect it.