Thank you for commenting. Yes, it does make sense. Looks like you have identified the key issues you are wrestling with. While national issues can be easily tracked regardless of one's location, following local issues from afar can be challenging. Thanks to the Internet, we can stay abreast of local issues. Still, one must have a sense of association to a locality (as well as established residency) to want to participate in those elections while not there on a full-time basis.