With the primary election upon us today, I would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to vote.
If you are happy with the way the county is being run-then speak out with your vote. If you are not satisfied with the current leadership-vote in new leadership.
However, I can’t stress enough the importance of being an informed voter. Do you wonder what can be done to bring new business to Heard County? Are you concerned that local businesses continue to close?
Do you wonder why there are few activities for the youth in Heard County other than school, recreation league sports or the skate park that is rarely used?
Does it frustrate you that our current leadership is proud of the long-standing nepotism policies that have allowed family and friends to obtain positions on the county payroll?
Are you concerned that the only two commissioners who question county finances and practices are considered “unsupportive”, when in fact they are simply doing the job they were elected to do? That is, to listen to their constituents and voice concerns, stridently, if needed, to protect the interests of ALL the citizens of Heard County.
Do you believe “It ain’t broke, so don’t fix it”? Or do you want to improve Heard County, attract new businesses, implement new policies that will stimulate economic growth and in-turn fund more activities for the youth in the community (other than sports) that will NOT be shut down due to budget issues?
Do you feel that the only way for Heard County to flourish is to opt for new, more impartial, leadership? Or are you content with the current state of the county? Do you feel that the status quo is sufficient for the future needs of our county? You feel that the way it’s always been done is the way it should continue to be done? Either way- VOTE!
These are all questions I would urge you to ask yourself before you head to the polls today. If you have questions, contact the candidate. Leave a voicemail, email or ask the candidate(s) face to face.
Ask them what they plan on doing (or not). Then, when they address your concerns, consider how they respond. Do they listen to your concerns respectfully and respond sincerely or do they simply refuse to give them careful consideration and credence? The way your concerns are addressed on a personal basis is a significant indicator of how responsive the leadership will be to citizen concerns and complaints in general.
On the national stage, do a little research. Look at where the candidates stand on the economy, healthcare, education and how to address the current economic situation. Will they tax more or offer more tax cuts and to whom?
Do they plan on making education a priority? If so, do they have specific plans to make education affordable? How? What solutions do they propose to decrease the unemployment rate and stimulate job growth?
In closing, I urge you all to reflect on all the issues I have addressed above. Ask the questions, find out the answers, and then let your opinion be known-VOTE!