Taking partisanship out of local politicking is a refreshing change.
It doesn’t take a politician of a certain flock to decide whether backyard chickens make fit neighbors. Nor must a city council member draw upon Republican or Democratic ideology in fighting the cable company for better service.
So it’s no surprise that members of the Salem City Council are ready to enshrine their independent custom into law. As long as anyone can remember, men and women have placed their names for election before fellow Salemites without declaring a political party.