The election season is upon us. Neighborhood caucuses and state political conventions have ended. Next up, primaries will narrow the candidates appearing on the November election ballot.
Although the primary is officially scheduled in late June, mail-in ballots will be arriving at your home any day. I urge you to get involved.
In previous emails, for instance, I have emphasized how additional funding for education is vital; such a funding increase, however, must come by legislative action and be supported by local school board candidates. The commitment of elected politicians is essential, and to make sure we have the best possible officeholders, you need to act to make sure quality people are elected.
For instance, in my legislative precinct, the primary will see voters narrowing two Republican candidates that emerged from the convention down to one.
I am personally committed to support Ray Ward, who I believe would be a strong advocate for important principles, among them improved support for education.
In school board elections in Davis County, I am likewise supporting the candidacy of two excellent candidates: David Nelson in Davis School district # 3 and Thomas Waggoner in # 6. I have spoken to all of these candidates at length and believe they bring excellent credentials
Believing that, my neighbors and I must do more than just vote for such people; now is the time to get out and work in support of their candidacies. How can we do that?
• Donate to their campaigns
• Endorse them to all of your friends
• Walk your neighborhood and distribute literature in support of the candidate
• Put up a sign or signs supporting the candidates
I urge you to find out if there is an election going on in your area, determine who you believe to be the strongest candidate, and then go to work to help them get elected.
And not incidentally, if you live in my legislative district (Legislative District # 19) or in the districts of the above listed school board candidates, and would like to help Ray, Dave, or Tom out in one or more of the ways listed above, then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure that the word gets to the candidate.
No matter what, however, I urge you all to become involved. Such involvement is the best way I know to make sure that the best candidates become our representatives, senators and school board members.
Kim R. Burningham