Vote Local!

Vote Local!

With so much frustration in the main event, it's tempting to stay home. But there's so much more going on! Just take a look at some of the side shows...

If black lives matter to you, vote local. Here’s why:

Neither Hillary Clinton nor her opponent, Gary Johnson, can do anything. Best case scenario, they wiggle some watered-down version of an anti-police-brutality bill through congress that takes ten years to get implemented, because that’s how Washington works. But police are controlled by mayors, city councils, and sheriffs. These are all elected officials in YOUR neighborhood. If you want to make a difference, if you want to see real change, these are the seats you need to pay attention to.

If education matters to you, vote local. Here’s why:

Education policy is dictated by the state, and that means governors and state senators, and to a greater degree, by the superintendent and board of education, all elected officials. All the common core and NCLB hogwash that’s been floating around poisoning our children in the classroom, our state governments can choose not to implement those changes. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some solid, education-minded folks in Tallahassee who aren’t afraid to tell Washington what to go do with itself?

If clean air and water matter to you, vote local. Here’s why:

If you live in Flint, MI, or Tampa, FL, you know how important it is to have a governor who is going to fight for your rights to raise your children in a clean environment, who’s going to hold companies accountable for cleaning up the messes they leave behind as opposed to bedding down with those same companies.

If you want your vote to count, even if you don’t live in Florida, vote local. Here’s why:

Local elections have a MUCH smaller pool, and don’t go by delegate counts. The biggest obstacles local politicians face, in fact, is getting their names out there so people know who to vote for. I remember when the presidential election in Florida between Bush and Gore was counted, and the margin was less than 1000 votes. I was astounded. Such a narrow margin?

But all local elections are decided on margins so thin.

That’s the tricky part, isn’t it? Everyone knows who’s running for president, but every four years I go into the voting booth, only to find an additional four pages of seats and positions I’ve never heard of. And I’m supposed to guess.

Of course I could just vote straight blue, just to let the republicans know what I think of their choice of candidate, but that risks pushing a potentially good candidate who would have otherwise planned some real benefits for my community out of the running.

Here’s what to do:

Contact (go to the website) of your county’s supervisor of elections, and get the sample ballot. This will tell you everything that’s being voted on in your community. Once you have the names, do a little homework, and find out what those cats are all about. You got someone running for sheriff who says All Lives Matter and thinks stop-and-frisk is a great way to reduce crime? You know what to expect if this person wins.

Now, I don’t normally ask my readers to ‘share this,’ because I believe if something is worth sharing, it would be shared of its own merits. But I feel this is truly important. Share it. Tell your friends. Do your research, and talk about who’s running in your city. It’s time for all of us to take our lives, our communities back. It’s time to stop waiting for Washington bozos to give a crap about us.


And as for president, you can write me in; I don’t mind.

Michael Patrick Lewis is a teacher, and bestselling author of Edge Of God, and Preferred Rewards. He also has the best wife in the world, but she doesn’t eat kale, either.

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