I only started really caring when the Greenies took over the school board and started going nuts. I find it absolutely frustrating that there's no party affiliations. I mean, at one point there were ONLY Dems and Greenies on the school board (and I think city hall). Yes, this is a Democratic town, but there are enough Republicans that they would have had a seat had their affiliation been identified. The year that happened, I made it a point to find out the Republican candidate for school board, and voted for her. She didn't win, but I tried.