Have you seen the signs? Signs for each of the candidates for the Luther School Board have appeared at most of the major intersections, both in town, and in the rural areas of the district that crosses the county line boundaries of Oklahoma, Logan and Lincoln Counties.
Campaign gurus advise that name recognition is goal number one when voters fill out a ballot on election day (or if they vote by absentee ballot).
But campaign gurus don’t necessarily know everything. Informed citizens and savvy voters want information about the candidates and the issues and don’t simply vote for a name based on emotion (we save that for our allegiance to either the Sooners or the Cowboys).
“The people who say they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying they are unfit to live in a free community.”Teddy Roosevelt – 1858-1919, 26th President of the United States
Jennifer Edmunson and Steve Broudy are making themselves available to meet and greet voters and answer questions. They have or are making appearances at the Senior Tuesday lunches at the Community Center. They are sharing coffee and stopping their shopping carts to answer questions in the aisles of our stores in Luther (unfortunately not at Walmart any more) or in the city. They are making and taking calls, trading emails, monitoring (and ignoring) FaceBook postings, shaking hands at games and events and posting fliers around town. They are working to be elected to a job that pays nothing, requires a five-year commitment and comes at a time when the school district’s financial health is tenuous. Not to mention, running for school board, or town board or any elected position from the very local level on up, requires a lot of self-educating, training and reading. Have you seen the packet of papers each board member has for each meeting and should read before the meeting after they receive it from the Superintendent’s office? And the winner will have to deal with “the hostile public” and the media.
Broudy is having an informal meeting at the First Christian Church (First & Dogwood) in town on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 5 pm. He’ll introduce himself and then have a question and answer session.
Edmunson is having a meet and greet at Josephine’s Cafe before the Luther v. Wellston basketball games on Tuesday evening, February 2, 2016, from 4 – 7 pm.
Another avenue for the candidates to get their issues outlined is right here, and you can help. Dear readers, WHAT ARE THE ISSUES IN THIS RACE ACCORDING TO YOU? Would you post your questions, concerns or comments in the comment section below? The Luther Register will compile a questionnaire based on your comments and ask each candidate to answer (quickly). Then we’ll post the results here before the Feb. 9 election. This doesn’t replace a debate, but it will give each candidate as much time and space as they want to communicate their answers.
“Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.”Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108, from remarks made at a public reception by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia, on October 5, 1840.