Vote, and per­haps run

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor: I’ve been vol­un­teer­ing in the cam­paigns for can­di­dates for years. I have seen how they work hard. So any of you reg­is­tered vot­ers who don’t vote this sea­son should be ashamed.

All we reg­is­tered vot­ers have to do is re­search the voting records of those can­di­dates who have voting records or see who is en­dorsed by or­ga­ni­za­tions that you agree with. The NY League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers would be one source of in­for­ma­tion. Then go to the polls and vote.

Strate­gic voting means voting for the can­di­date who might win who is clos­est to your po­si­tions and, then, as a mem­ber of a group, pres­sur­ing the win­ner to look af­ter your in­ter­ests. If you aren’t a mem­ber of an ac­tivist group, you are miss­ing out on max­i­miz­ing your po­lit­i­cal power.

Don’t much like the po­si­tions of any of the can­di­dates? Run for of­fice. It doesn’t seem like a high-skill job, and the salaries for state leg­is­la­tor or mem­ber of Congress are prob­a­bly more than you are earn­ing now. Andi Weiss Bartczak, Gar­diner

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