In April 22 Issue
Our county primary election is drawing down to the final weeks and the candidates are out and about.
For many of us it is the time of the year our front door bell is tested and we are reminded whether or not it is still working.
We cannot keep from comparing how much difference a few years make. Previously, we rarely locked the doors and most often it was not unusual for someone to just open the door and verbally announce their arrival.
Now, when the door bell rings, the family members in the house look at each other and stare with a “who in the world could that be?”
Change is likewise true for the choosing of our county officials.
In the past we have voted for candidates on the basis of whether or not they needed the job, who they were related to or how big was the last load of gravel.
We can remember one candidate and his election story that occurred several years ago here in Russell County.
He tells that this one self-proclaimed precinct leader came to him and told him for a few hundred dollars he could deliver a win for him in that precinct. The candidate passed along the money and figured he had that precinct in the bag. Election day came and the election tally showed he had not received one vote in that precinct. Even the man who had taken his money did not vote for him.
But, back to this election. When the door bell rings and the candidates appear at your door, ask the hard questions. They are asking for your support, ask them what they can do for you and your county. How they plan on doing it, experience they may have and etc.
This county needs leadership that can direct our government into the best possible manner. We need experience, we need dedication and we need leaders who can and will place the needs of the county in the top priority position. And, not base their priority on what is best for their political career.
It is becoming somewhat obvious on the national scene that taxpayers are beginning to hold their elected officials accountable. We should take the same approach.
We should elect our officials on the basis of what they can do for this county.
When the candidates come by your house, ask what can they do for Russell County and what are their plans for the future.
Most candidates would appreciate the opportunity to discuss their ideas with you.
Not only is it your duty to vote, it is your duty to elect qualified officials.