Concern Can Win Votes
are quietly concerned about not being able to find public
toilet facilities when they travel or participate in out of doors
activities. While hesitant to come forward, many appreciate those who address
the problem. Most likely this is an issue that, carefully handled, can draw votes.
(1) See 'Who are the Restroom
Challenged' for additional information
|While infrastructure is typically is a municipal responsibility,
State and Federal public health guidelines are appropriate above the
State level or as U.S Presidents have done recently, an elected official
can safely recognize that there is a need.
Examples of senior level elected
safely leveraging peoples desire to have public toilet facilities
from President George Bush ...
we want there to be a visitor's center that's worth going into. We want
the toilets to flush.... ... so that the people, when it comes to using
their own park, are able to do so in a comfortable way.
House Office of the Press Secretary Aug 15, 03 Strengthening
and Caring for America's National Parks
President Clinton and Vice
Presidents Gore's Airline Passenger Fair Treatment Initiative
Clinton-Gore initiative will help passengers who encounter changing
travel conditions and problems with their flights. Airlines
will be required to develop policies on notifying passengers
about flight delays, cancellations and diversions; providing
food, water and restroom facilities during
ground delays; ...
Source: THE WHITE HOUSE AT
WORK Wednesday, March 10, 1999 http://clinton3.nara.gov/WH/Work/031099.html
who won office based on a restroom issue.
Dr. March Fong Eu
became famous for smashing a toilet bowl on the state Capitol's steps
during her successful campaign to ban pay toilets, which she said
discriminate against women. She was elected to the
California legislature in 1966. Eu served four terms and was elected California secretary
of state in 1974, making her the first Asian American woman ever elected
to a state constitutional office in the United States.
An indication that most politician don't get
Most recently there have been numerous news stories
about the media's anger with the
lack of public toilet facilities they were provided at the
National Democratic Convention.
Additional Media response
Council on Fitness and Sport found that when surveyed, people asked to
list infrastructure upgrades that would help them participate in outdoor
fitness activities respondents seldom list restrooms. If, however,
restrooms are listed as a choice, they typically are ranked high.
An example is a recent (March to June of 2002) ETC
survey conducted for Arlington County Virginia.
The community attitude and interest survey helped determine citizen
usage, satisfaction, needs, and priorities for the parks and recreation
system. Respondents were asked to pick three (3) out of an extensive
list of improvements
they would most like to have made to the parks. Year-round restrooms was
the second highest choice.
County Parks & Recreation Survey
(Full Exec Summary) ( HTML
County Parks & Recreation Survey
(Pages 1 & 17)
|"More toilets can win From
the Kentucky New Era]
... Perhaps we were all a little hasty in saying that women are the real power behind the throne. Especially when women have to often wait a long, long, long time in line for a chance at the throne... ... Frankly, there are no equal rights for women when it comes to one of the mothers of all necessities -- the number of toilets...
... Smith, [Democratic Rep. Tommy Smith] who has three female co-sponsors for the bill,
[more toilets for women] told the AP that even though the bill zeros in on government buildings he believes that all public restrooms should follow suit.
"This is a serious, serious
problem," he said.
"If you talk to any woman, she'll tell you it's a serious
... Somewhere a political hack will read about this and make it a "campaign issue." Now, the beauty of campaign issues are that for about three years no one gives a fuzzy toilet top about certain things that matter to the average soccer mom/voter. Come an election year, however, what a soccer mom thinks really starts to become very, very important.
The political hacks (they are called consultants in press releases)
will look at all the potential women voters out there and
realize the same thing that Rep. Smith did. So, in this presidential election season, it would be the smart candidate
The Kentucky New Era "More toilets can win elections" February 26, 2004 Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Copyright © 2000, Kentucky New Era, All Rights Reserved.
Few complain but many care...
The campaign to have the Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority allow customer use of Metrorail
station restrooms was led by the chair of the WMATA Operation Board who
was also a municipal elected official. He was surprised that
the significant media coverage of the effort was producing no feedback
from his constituents, pro or con. Some month later, in an
unrelated event, he attended a community meeting where the majority of
attendees were not receptive to his position. Even in that 'cold' environment,
when, at the end of the meeting, it was mentioned that he was the official pushing to have the metrorail restrooms his
constituents broke into applause and cheers.
When giving unrelated Metroped presentations,
particularly if to women and seniors (men and women) I have the same
experience. Below is a brief audio segment that documents
of Restroom Success [WAV
Audio File] Mt Vernon
Town Mtg 1/31/04