by Lenny Leatherman –
Candidates for public office typically craft their message to form a positive perception in our minds.
That’s understandable. We have a tendency to repeat behavior that achieves a desired outcome. Our local candidates generally follow the same pattern. They each try to convince prospective voters that they are the best candidate.
Unfortunately, most voters do not search beyond superficial campaign rhetoric, and develop a profile of each candidate by listening to what they are saying and asking questions about issues that are relative to the office being sought.
Before you vote, ask around. Talk to co-workers and business associates. I think you will begin to form an accurate perception of the person behind the rhetoric.
We actually have some good folks running for local offices this time. Although some may be better suited than others for the office they seek, I believe each candidate could carry out the duties of their office.
As a resident in Precinct 3, I have done precisely as I suggested, and researched the backgrounds of the candidates. By doing an objective comparison, it was easy to identify Dusty Vinson as the candidate best suited for the office of Justice of the Peace.
How an individual votes I believe is an important factor to be considered. It indicates whether or not a candidate is actively participating in the selection of truly conservative citizens for public office. If he or she is a non-voter, that suggests to me that the individual is comfortable with our socialist trending government and does not care enough to become involved in reversing the downward spiral by selecting better public servants. Actually, I believe we may be better served if they do not cast an uninformed vote!
A quick check of voting records show each JP3 candidate’s voting history:
1. Anne M. Hollis – No record of any vote cast between 2000 and 2012 when she voted in the Republican Primary.
2. Darrell (Dusty) Vinson – Voted early in every Republican Primary since 2000.
3. Greg Martin – No record of voting in any election since 2000.
4. Jerry L. Hataway – Voted in the 2004 and 2008 Democrat Primary elections and voted in the 2012 Republican Primary.
Records of other candidates also show apathy toward our system of selecting citizens to serve in public office. One example is Bernard Suchocki, candidate for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4. The only time he cast a vote since year 2000 was in 2008 when he voted in the Democrat Primary.
Certainly other factors should be considered when determining the best candidate. But I believe if, and how he/she votes speaks volumes about a candidate’s character.
Please do not settle for ‘also qualified’. Vote for the person who is ‘best qualified’.
We deserve the government we elect.
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