2020 marks another presidential election year for our country; however, there is more than just one election every four years. While casting your ballot for the leader of our country is important, I believe municipal elections are just as, if not, more important than the second Tuesday of November every four years.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s April election had to be rescheduled for the first Tuesday in June, which is June 2. Towns and counties all across northwest Missouri will have any number of individuals on the ballot for your consideration. If you are unfamiliar with any of the races, you can either call your county clerk’s office or go to that office’s website to find out more information on the issues and candidates appearing on the ballot.
It is an overused saying, but it remains true. Voting is a privilege and not just a right. You should exercise your right to vote in every election, and not only the “important” ones. Whether it is a proposed property tax levy for a local school district or a vote for the president of United States, our peaceful elections represent a unique opportunity for all Americans to participate in the decisions that shape our government. In my opinion, one person, one vote means something, and it represents the backbone of our representative republic.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. You have the power to shape the city council or county commission that not only makes the laws for where you live, but is also responsible for the fees you pay to use your local parks. Before going to the polls, I urge you to stay informed and learn more about the candidates and issues that you will be voting on. It does not take much time at all, but the benefits can last forever.
As always, please feel free to call, email or write with your ideas or concerns. My Capitol office number is (573) 751-1415, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my mailing address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.