Regardless of political affiliation, I believe that it is the job of elected officials to work tirelessly to get things done for as many of their constituents as possible. Yes, there needs to be fiscal responsibility. But gridlock based on intractable positions cannot be the solution.
It's late in the game for the primaries, but consider how all candidates might have responded if the following question were posed (and following the primaries, I hope that all candidates will make a point of answering):
Can you name three substantive issues you would be willing to work with the opposition on, committing to reach consensus that results in action?
Yes, I'm asking for a commitment that my elected officials would not create gridlock, but would work openly and collaboratively to solve significant problems and address the hard issues.
I have respect for anyone who puts themselves forward to serve in a public capacity. My purpose here is not to endorse individuals, but to lobby in my own way for a change in the political environment — a change that could allow for significant progress on difficult issues.
So bottom line, I encourage all to vote. All elections are important. Decisions are made by those who show up. Please show up and stay involved.