The political season is officially here and signs are starting to pop up in every crevice Manchester has to offer.
There are more seats up for grabs than I can remember in recent history and there are plenty of candidates vying for those positions.
I think it’s healthy to see so many interested in serving the public office and I only hope that registered voters exercise one of the purest rights given in this country when the primary and general elections roll around.
All too often I hear complaints of tax and growth rates, policies, spending, hiring practices and what not. Well, folks, this is the perfect opportunity to vote for change if you see that change is fit. Rather than rant from a keyboard on a social media site, I encourage our registered voters to take a healthy interest in who is running for what offices and make informed decision at the polls in May and again in August.
Another grievance I hear is that “my vote doesn’t really count.” In a presidential race where the electorate college rules supreme, I can somewhat understand that thought process. But, in local races, every vote counts. At times, races have been decided by 10 or 15 votes.
Over the next month-plus the Manchester Times, in conjunction with The Tullahoma News, will offering avenues to better inform voters. Our “Meet the Candidates” special section will be published in April and, in addition to that, we will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center on Thursday, April 17.
Our efforts are concentrated at making each candidate available for thorough examination by electorate to better educate them so the trip to the polls can include an educated vote and not a popularity contest.
We wish everyone luck. Continue to check with us for more information regarding our upcoming events and publications.
-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the editor’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29