I love politics.
I love the rush of not knowing what will happen. I love meeting the politicians, hearing about their stances and most importantly, why they are running for office. I even love the hundreds of emails sent to voters from their campaign managers.
Yeah, that last one was a little facetious, but I promise the other two were true.
I commend people who have the courage to put the facet of their lives in front of the public eye so they can fight to try to make whatever differences they think they can in office. I also commend the patient families behind those politicians who go through the same open scrutiny.
Clearly, I couldn’t do what politicians do. I’m the one who wants to know about their lives, the way their campaigns operate and what motivates them.
It’s a good thing we don’t mimic our political reporting in the Index after that of certain mass media markets, because then we would be trying to figure out who would win based on whose pin on their lapel was larger, and frankly, my dear, I don’t give a … well, you know.
We have the chance to see a different side of politics at the grassroots level. Sure there still are some of the larger issues that are a part of national races, such as campaign contributions, but local politicians have the chance to show the heart behind their stances.
They can use their years of experience living in the area and work directly with their 35,000 constituents during an almost daily basis.
Next week, the news section of the Index will be devoted to this political process as we preview the upcoming week’s elections.
We’re going to spend the next week-and-a-half delving into state ballot measures, local campaign financing, advertisement in the district and features about the campaign managers. And I hope you read it front to back.
Considering recent efforts to register students to vote, I think next week’s paper especially will be an important read for those students who might have switched their registration to Adair County to help make educated ballot decisions Nov. 6.
I’m a strong advocate for students and their right to vote in Adair County. We pay property taxes through rent rates and other local sales tax that benefits things like sidewalk and street construction, and have just about equal investment in the outcome of the races when things like higher education and the job market for graduates are such crucial issues.
To students I say: get educated. Time is running out. Be confident when you walk into your designated voting place on Nov. 6. You might not share my passion for politics, but you certainly share the investment in the outcome.