As I came to to know John Bonifaz, I recognized him as the exact sort of person we need in an important position of power: He's exceptionally bright, well spoken, hard working and forward thinking. However, with Deval Patrick stealing all the grassroots thunder, a powerful incumbent who wasn't willing to engage in a campaign and a media that was - for the most part - complicit, John Bonifaz's campaign never really got off the ground. Now we have this: 8 missing precincts in an important write-in campaign. Eight missing precincts in a race that's hanging by a chad - just 141 votes. I just can't, for the life of me, imagine a situation like this happening with John Bonifaz at the helm - especially if he had years in office behind him.
To my readers and fellow bloggers: John Bonifaz is a man who deserves to be in an office where he can work on electoral reform. He's one of the nation's leaders on the issue - and he has the core values that make for a healthy democracy. We need a man like him reforming the system from the inside - a process far quicker than having to fight court battle after court battle that can take months and years to complete.