Mike the Mad Biologist

The Most Important Local Race

Our Benevolent Seed Overlords ask: What’s the most important local political race to you this year (as a citizen, as a scientist)? For me, it’s the Massachusetts gubernatorial race.

Deval Patrick is poised to become the first African-American governor ever. Also, since Massachusetts has a Democratic legislature, there’s the potential of doing some very progressive, far-reaching things. Unlike in the Romney administration, where the primary purpose was to pave the way for Romney’s presidential campaign.

A close second isn’t a race, but a ballot initiative. In South Dakota, voters will have an opportunity to overturn a draconian anti-abortion law.