Some things to consider before you vote

We are facing many repeat candidates on the ballot this year. They have given time and effort in many different offices at the local, county and state levels.

This year we have a much larger pool of candidates from which to choose. Besides the long-term politicians there are people who are already successful businessmen. They feel a calling to step up and help our communities and our state. They lack the huge pools of campaign finances. They’ve given no favors, and few favors are likely to be given in exchange for donations.

Important decisions have to be made by the voting public. That’s you.

Do you want an ever-growing bureaucracy with less and less performance?

Do you want to elect people who tell you how much they care and then walk away?

Are you concerned with performance, accountability and consequence?

Are your personal values being reflected in the people you have elected over the past several years and decades? Are you sure? Have you followed laws passed, budgets passed, programs supported, or promises and claims made?

You have time to think about the candidates, their claims, and how those reflect your personal morals. Some have been dedicated and honest. Some have given quality performance for your trust. And some have not.

It is not my job to name names, make claims, and tell you for whom to vote. You’re an adult and a citizen. Ask questions. Read records. Talk about your expectations with the candidates. Evaluate their responses.

Elections become more important every year. This is the most important election in which you have ever voted. Your participation is important. Your vote is more important now than it has ever been. Be sure your voter registration is current.

Now vote.

Paula Deter

Camano Island

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