We are scheduled for a moderator election on Sep 14, 2020. A Community Interest Check by SE last November gauged interest in holding and running for January elections for the spots of the two (now three) moderators who resigned. The reaction was quite negative, coupled with the ongoing Monica situation and moderator protests. No elections were held then, and SE did not follow up at the time.
James (formerly DJMcMayhem), who had not yet stepped down as moderator, revealed that they had requested for JNat♦ to post the interest check due to feeling that the site needs more moderators. At present, Doorknob is the sole moderator. It's not clear how active at moderating they are.
On the new call for moderator questions, JNat said that an election would take place. In response to caird suggesting a new interest check to gauge current opinions, JNat said:
Admittedly, checking in before scheduling the election would've been ideal. This year, however, has been particularly weird for everyone, and it proved a bit hard to coordinate with the one moderator on the site on how to proceed since then. That (the inability to coordinate and the fact that there's a single mod), in addition to the fact that the site currently has around 100 unhandled flags, and the rollout plan for the new mod agreement just all coalesced now, though, and made this election something we can't postpone any more.
JNat further explained that the election would definitely go through, as long as there are enough candidates after "clearly troll-ish or joke" nominations are withdrawn, regardless of whether any "reasonable candidates" (as I phrased it) do decide to run.
What is our reaction to all this? This is a discussion question. Please discuss the election situation in general, rather than specific nominees and their merits which should be saved for the nomination phase.