With another political season upon us, we want candidates to know what we expect

Published 7:24 pm Friday, May 3, 2019

It never seems like we are given enough time between elections to get over … the past election.

Just when you think you have shaken off the mud from the whatever we were voting for election last time, you have to get back up, wipe yourself off, put on the body armor and step back into the breach once again.

Just over three months from now, we the voters, will be asked to take part in the primary elections, selecting the final few candidates heading off into November’s general election.

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There will be elections on the local and state level, and you can already see the beginnings of the campaigns with the sprinkling of yard signs here and there.

This is also the time when candidates who often times couldn’t find Warren County on a map if given directions, start appearing at festivals, crawfish boils and baby showers out of nowhere.

It is not the glad-handing that is the most off-putting, it is instead the assumption candidates know the issues that are most important to us.

There will be those who think we are overtaxed and that government is the problem. And while most would have that thought, it is the opinion of most is that rather than being overtaxed it is a feeling of mismanagement. And that is where most candidates get in trouble.

Deep down, we don’t care which party is good, which party is bad. Despite what we say on Facebook, we simply want competent, qualified people to run for office and to serve the public.

What is a worse problem is we as a people are so divided and work to only sever the legs from whoever is serving; that those who might be the most-qualified to serve are smart enough to stay far away from an election. That’s a shame.

During these local and statewide elections, we want our candidates, instead of telling us what they are going to do, to listen to our comments, listen to our questions, and then go from there.

It is important as local candidates tour the county, tour their districts, that they do far more listening than talking.

For our statewide candidates, Warren County is a unique place, with unique challenges. Come visit once in a while and find out what drives us, what we need from competent leaders, and then work for our votes.

It’s that time again. Time to get in the game and survive yet another political season in Mississippi.