Runoff Re­minder

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Let each ci­ti­zen re­mem­ber at the mo­ment he is of­fer­ing his vote that he is not mak­ing a present or a com­pli­ment to please an in­di­vid­ual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is ex­e­cut­ing one of the most solemn trusts in hu­man so­ci­ety for which he is ac­count­able to God and his coun­try.

~ Sa­muel Adams

As you can see by to­day’s spe­cial cov­er­age, the runoff elec­tion is upon us. If you didn’t al­ready cast a bal­lot dur­ing early vote, then please take the time to visit the polls Tues­day.

For the Dis­trict 5 New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers race, Ron­nie Dims­dale and Le­vie Mad­dox both re­ceived 29.8 per­cent of the vote in the July 31 pri­mary. If you pre­vi­ously voted Repub­li­can in this pri­mary, or didn’t vote at all, you vote for one of these two gentle­men Tues­day.

In state house Dis­trict 113 race, in­cum­bent Demo­crat Pamela Dick­er­son had a fairly strong show­ing, cap­tur­ing 42 per­cent of the vote, while home­town chal­lenger Sharon Sawyer re­ceived 32.4 per­cent. Most of the dis­trict is now in New­ton County af­ter re­dis­trict­ing, but vot­ers will have to de­cide whether they think Dick­er­son or Sawyer will be the more ef­fec­tive and re­spon­sive leg­is­la­tor.

If you voted as a Demo­crat in this pri­mary elec­tion, or didn’t vote at all, you can vote in the runoff.

Speak­ing of the July 31 pri­mary, only 30.92 per­cent of the el­i­gi­ble vot­ers turned out to cast bal­lots in New­ton County. The re­sult wasn’t sur­pris­ing, but it was a dis­ap­point­ing show­ing for peo­ple in a free so­ci­ety such as ours.

If you’re el­i­gi­ble to vote and don’t, then you are let­ting the mi­nor­ity of mi­nor­ity dic­tate the lead­er­ship of the county and state for the next four and two years re­spec­tively.

More than a mil­lion proud Amer­i­cans have given their lives throughout this coun­try’s his­tory to en­sure that their fel­low cit­i­zens kept their free­doms, in­clud­ing the free­dom to vote for their lead­ers.

Please take the time to vote for you and your neigh­bor. Our democ­racy needs your voice.

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