While the 2016 Presidential Election cycle is in full swing, I have another election coming up to cast my vote in first.
Fort Wayne, Indiana has their city elections the year before the Presidential Elections and I urge folks to pay attention to local politics. Your voice and vote matters in all elections but with smaller turn outs in local elections, your vote actually has more power.
But I am writing this today because of a couple of things that annoy me both locally and nationally.
I want to know, “Why Should I Vote For You?” but the candidates are not giving me the answers.
I signed up to receive updates from local and national candidates and have been getting emails asking me to join them for $1000 a plate dinners to hear them speak. Wrong, wrong and stupid way to talk to me.
I will never give money to a political candidate or campaign. I will support candidates who I believe are worthy of consideration.
I actively look at all sides of issues and don’t fit in a Republican or Democrat Box. I even look for and research the political leanings of the media so I have a handle on the leanings of what I am reading or listening to.
I appreciate when local candidates knock on my door at home and want to engage in conversation. A few years ago Karen Goldner came by and just the other day Mike Conley did the same. I knew Karen before she visited and have known Mike for years too.
Both Karen and Mike were surprised to see me when they stopped by because they didn’t know where I lived, but I appreciate the efforts they made it their quest to represent me in City Council. The year Karen stopped by and I later voted for her (again) was the year she lost and I plan on casting my vote for Mike this year. Hopefully my streak of voting for losing candidates (3/4 of those I voted for in the May primary lost), will end.
On the Presidential side, I signed up for info from Democrats and Republicans not so I could be solicited for funds the way Vistaprint nearly spams me with offers. I want to know each candidates position on issues that matter to me. I find it incredible that several candidates have not made this information public. It raises a lot of questions about how prepared they are to do the job if they haven’t even laid out their plans or positions. Instead they are all about raising money to campaign on _______ hot air? What? Sound Bites?
Stop treating me and others as a source of money to help you get in office and stay in office. You are here to serve us not the other way around.
End of rant. But please Mr/Ms Candidate, give me some substance before you ask for money that I’m not going to give you.