Our thoughts The thankless job of an elected official
Recent issues – along with past and future challenges – have led many local residents to become engaged in the day-to-day operations of local government. It seems more people are taking time out of their day to attend meetings of the city councils and other elected boards more frequently than in recent years. Voters are voicing their opinions and now a few of them have decided to take action.
Twenty-three people across Newton County’s five cities have heard the call. Twenty-three people have made the decision to give up their time, their privacy and their energy in an effort to represent their hometown. For that, we thank them. Being an elected official is a thankless job. Not only are you constantly critiqued for the decisions you make, but your entire life is under a microscope.
Now that these 23 people have made the decision to put themselves out there, it is time for the voters to not only speak up with their votes in November, but to listen as well. Listen to what these candidates have to say. Hear them out.
Abraham Lincoln once said “Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Let us not get in the situation where we are forced to sit on our blisters, Newton County. Let’s make a decision that is right for our communities.
Lincoln is also quoted as saying “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” This definitely continues to ring true today. It is up to the voters of each city to make sure the right decision is being made for their community.
will be reaching out to each qualified candidate in the upcoming weeks with questions. We will be asking about their plans, if elected, their backgrounds and more. We want to make sure each candidate has an opportunity to have their views heard. If you have a question you would like answered, let us know. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]news.com.
Here are some key dates to keep in mind for the upcoming election moving forward:
Oct. 10: Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the November election
Oct. 16: First day to mail or issue Absentee Ballots for the November election/Advanced in-person voting begins for the November election
Nov. 3: Last day to mail or issue absentee ballots for the November election Nov. 7: Date of the November election For more information about where to vote for your city’s election, contact the respective city hall.
Twenty-three people have put themselves out there. It is now up to you.