We are in the middle a very important time: the election season. Our government was constituted for the purpose of providing the services and regulations necessary to ensure that we can live comfortably and safely and so that we can “pursue happiness.”
Democracy cannot and will not survive without an informed citizenry. The individuals who have decided to run for office and those who have developed initiatives have given of their time and resources in an attempt to improve our situation. It is our responsibility to read newspapers and the voters’ pamphlet, attend debates and meet the candidates.
Please take the time to do so. Don’t be swayed by ads, yard signs, commercials, innuendos and political half-truths. Evaluate candidates on their experience, intelligence, integrity, leadership qualities, collaborative spirit, and ability to ensure that our city, county, state, port authority, fire district or school board can provide the services and support that you need or desire.
Read each initiative, understand it and how it will impact everyone, short and long term. After you’ve done this, make sure to mark your ballot and mail it back before Nov. 8. Your vote will impact the quality of life for you and your community.
Finally, whether they win or lose, please take a moment to thank all the candidates for their willingness to serve and then support those whom you elect so that they can successfully represent you. Thank you, in advance, for making a difference.