As a political outsider looking in, let me be frank. Accountability is something that career politicians are trained to avoid yet they are all too eager to take credit for achievements, real or perceived.

Politicians are supposed to be accountable to the majority of voters, yet on average less than 20% of the population actually votes. This flaw in the balance of power leaves career politicians with free rein to push their own social agenda and cronyism without repercussions.

In order to stop this trend, we need a grassroots effort to educate people that our voices #MATTer, not only just the act of voting, but by encouraging broader participation in public processes. We need to instill a sense of civic duty in our neighbors and inspire our children as our parents did for us. Let’s refocus our attention to municipal elections where the top down approach has been all too prevalent – and is plainly not working.