I'm doing something crazy, guys, and putting my vote down on "digital" paper and showing the races that were not on the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee ballot.
I did not change ANY of their recommended candidates because I think the KCRCC did/does a good job rating and vetting candidates to find the most conservative people to run for open positions. I did, however, expand on their ballot suggestions to include those races that were very "controversial" between Republicans.
Why Did I Put Out My Own Recommended Ballot?
People come to me every day during election season asking how I vote, and sometimes there's a panic message or two that I don't see until after the election. I'm trying to get ahead of the curve and get my voter list out early so everyone is prepared for November 8th. That being said, the KCRCC ballot did not include some races because, as I have gathered, there was too much controversy between candidates, with a majority arguing against the "Republican" candidates saying they are not conservative enough, too establishment, too RINO-y, and have screwed us over in the past. I tend to agree with that sentiment.
One thing that I will say, however, is that I'm not going to vote for a person just because they have an R behind their name and "better luck next time!" Nope. No way. Absolutely not. I'm going to vote for the best, most conservative candidate, and I'm going to vote for the one that is closest to the Republican party platform - even if that candidate does not have an R behind their name.
It is time to step up and vote principle over party, and put our money where our mouth has been these last few tumultuous years.
To hear a bit more about my reasoning, please watch the video below. If you don't care then just skip to the end for my Kootenai County Spectator Recommended Ballot.