Forums a chance to be heard

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 04:07 AM

This week started a series of candidate forums or “meet the candidate” functions where the voters have an opportunity to talk to candidates seeking public office.

Traditionally, these forums have been an opportunity for candidates to present with their message on what they want to do and how they want to do it.

And that is great.

But, we can’t get away from the real intent of these events.

They are for you, the Rutherford County voter, to have your questions asked and answered.

They are not just a meet and greet for candidates to “press the flesh” with those elected to represent them in town matters.

They present opportunities to become an informed electorate before heading to the polls in November.

We understand the apathy surrounding town elections is rampant and some people would rather watch reruns of their favorite television show than spend an hour getting to know candidates for election.

And we understand that statewide and national elections have a much bigger draw with the populace than these municipal ballots.

But, consider the fact that those elected to represent us on the town level have a more direct say on where your local tax dollars are spent.

They choose where sidewalks are put in, when and how you can park in your downtown area and have direct input on the overall look and feel of the town you have chosen to call home.

It is not an easy job to be a local elected official.

They are the first to get calls with complaints and usually the last to hear from the public about things going well.

But, the first step in the process is for voters to know where each candidate stands.

Know where their heart are with issues that matter to you and to your wallet.

It is easy for candidates to talk about what they want to do if they’re elected but candidate forums give voters the chance to drill down and find out just how candidates want to pursue those options.

You can’t get the answer if you don’t ask the questions.

So, use these candidate forums to get informed and give yourself piece of mind when you head to the polls in November.

The power to become informed lies with you, the voter.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.