Dec. 12 election 4_KC

Signs at Auburn's Clarion Inn indicates where voters in that precinct should go to cast their ballots in this file photo from Dec. 12, 2017. 

Leave it to politics to pose such questions:

What, exactly, is “dog-butt ugly” in the loveliest village on the plain these days?

Is it part of a new rallying cry to lambaste growth?

Is it a question of dedication to local charm, the town’s reputation, and a criticism of progress?

Perhaps, but of one thing most voters in the city of Auburn probably agree: It’s a sad local turn toward ugly politics that we don’t want.

Ron Anders and David Hill are both highly respected for the viewpoints they represent and bring to the table in their march toward an Oct. 9 runoff election to determine the next mayor of Auburn.

Both, for the most part, have had clean campaigns that primarily focus on what each candidate sees as the best route for the future of Auburn.

Both have respectable backgrounds, with varying degrees of experience and yet an appreciable diversity in how they have come to shape their perspectives.

That is why it was surprising to see that one of them may have used words similar to “dog-butt ugly” in describing what he sees happening in Auburn. Or that the campaign of the other candidate chose to use those words in how it paints the opponent, using distribution of a statement spread on social media.

Both political-support bases are talking about it now, non-committed voters are talking about it, and thus here it is in a newspaper editorial.

The message here is simple: Both candidates and their campaigns can do better than this.

While it perhaps only elicits a smile for now, and pales so minor in comparison to what we see on Twitter and in headlines from the nation’s capitol every day, let’s redirect and not go down this path any further here in Auburn.

We can do better, and both candidates are people clearly dedicated to doing what they think best for Auburn. Mudslinging doesn’t do that, and choice of words matter.

Finally, there’s this question:

Why pick on the poor dog?

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