Since it is not a presidential election year, a lot of people who are registered to vote will not worry about election day, which here in PA is May 17th. This is terribly unfortunate, because there are a lot of important issues that are decided at the local and state levels of government, in which we all can have a say, if only we show up!
In my neck of the woods, some of the most important things being voted on are the School Board, a referendum question on the ballot regarding schools, and the County Commissioner's race. While Hubby and I do not have children, the issues of the school district are still very important to us, as tax payers. In addition, it is concerning to us that our district is looking to spend money renovating schools that either do not need it, or have low attendance, yet over 30 teaching jobs will be eliminated after this year.
However, the cause that is near and dear to our hearts is the Commissioner's race, namely because one of our neighbors is a County Commissioner up for re-election. Not only is Jim Scahill a heck of a good guy, he also fights hard for Armstrong County. He wants to increase job opportunities and clean up the system of property taxes as school funding. When we had a concern about the proposed changes on our street, he came to the meetings, not only as a Commissioner, but as a resident, to help make sure the concerns were heard and alternatives were explored.
Regardless of your opinion of him, your political party, or your state of residence, where ever you are, I encourage you to get out and vote for local and state primaries and elections. You have no right to complain about things if you do not.