Can you tell me how many times have you voted in the last 12 months?
We’ve had presidential elections, we’ve re-elected state senators and representatives and we elected our Clarksdale city commissioner just a few short weeks ago.
Now we vote for a mayor – and depending on what the Mississippi Supreme Court decides, we may vote for a mayor again.
I hope you will get out and vote Tuesday.
If you like the way Clarksdale is headed, then support incumbent Democrat and longtime politician, Chuck Espy.
If you want change, cast a ballot for Independent candidate and political newcomer, Cassandra Wilson.
I grew up in a military family that took voting very seriously. I can remember following Momma and Daddy into the voting booth at a very early age.
I will show my age and say I even remember my parents discussing Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace and Richard Nixon around the table. I remember them voting for two separate candidates on that one!
All politics is local
A wise old politician once told me all politics is local.
After watching campaigns, elections and political shenanigans for 25 years, I’ve come to the conclusion this is true.
When you look at the national picture, you have to remember that it all filters down to a particular region or community heading to the polls and marking a ballot.
Yes, you can debate the merits of the national media, the two-party system and massive political machines, but I’m always impressed at how it is a man or woman quietly walking into a polling place that determines who is in charge of the greatest and most powerful country on earth.
And it is local people who team up with a particular candidate early on in a campaign that make things happen. They put signs in their yard, bend the ear of family and friends and then make sure their people get out and vote in the primaries and general election.
It’s not a perfect system but it’s the only one we’ve got.
Have you noticed how quiet the political rhetoric was around here this spring?
Even during our City Commissioner races, the talk was subdued and there were no push-button issues.
And then we went to the polls and elected the same guys once again.
The winds of change are blowing across this country – and that is not a bad thing.
I am an eternal optimist and I couldn’t do this job if I didn’t think things would get better.
People are fed up with the buying and selling of power in Washington, Jackson and even Clarksdale. While I don’t think things will change much on the local level this summer, it will be interesting to watch the tempest whirl.
If you want change, you will have a chance to vote for it on Tuesday.
If you feel we are headed in the right direction, please voting accordingly.
There is a story elsewhere in your Clarksdale Press Register urging people to vote in the Tuesday’s General Election.
I hope you do.
I said earlier that all politics is local. I also said earlier that I am an optimist.
This is year we will see this community come together and work to elect our best and brightest.
This is the year that good people study the candidates and the issues and make the right choice.
Because, if you take a hard look at Campaign 2021, it is the future of our town and our country that is at stake.
Floyd Ingram is Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register. Call him with your political views and news at 627-2201.