Don’t like the way your city councilors or school board members are running your government? Get involved!
All across communities folks are either candidates for political offices, or they are sizing up good people who feel the call to duty to make communities better.
Way back in 1965 I chose to make a difference in my city of Westminster. I didn’t like what was being done to improve the water situation, mainly not having good plans to secure a long range supply, so I ran for a city council seat and won. That was the start of my 24 years of community involvement. Today Westminster is home to over 115,000 residents, and it happened because good people worked to make it happen.
During the coming weeks prior to receiving your ballot in the mail the week of Oct. 14, you will be able to attend candidate forums in your city. These candidates have put forth a lot of energy and money to let you know of their view of how they perceive the city they call home.
Yes, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet them because they want to serve you as your voice on councils and school boards. Surely, you will want to elect good, sensible and dedicated folks and you need to ask them what they envision for the future.
If you are not on a voter list you can still register to vote. Just call your county clerk and recorder’s office and ask for the location of the nearest voting center. This is a new opportunity to get yourself eligible to participate in the democratic process with a minimum of effort. If you don’t do that you really must not care about your community. And if you aren’t registered then don’t complain about your government.
I don’t agree with the “Tea Party” philosophy, but I sure admire their tenacity and fervor.
Last Saturday our Westminster Progressive Homeowner’s Association hosted a candidate forum, and we had a good turnout. Lots of issues were discussed and I’m sure attendees came away better informed.
That’s how our democracy should work, but it can only happen if citizens choose to get involved and do their part in making government work. So get informed and make sure your vote counts.
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Winston Churchill
Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned.
Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.