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After an Election Day there is always a lot of “armchair” quarterbacking, and I have to say that in our ward it is no different. Many are saying that 68% of voters voted against our sitting councilman. I disagree. The dedicated voters of Ward 14 chose the candidates they believe should make it to the general election.
We exercised our “right to vote” and now we have the two candidates who will face each other in November. This is the American way. There is a reason for the primary system. I am proud of the candidates and the voters in the wards in our city where there were more than two candidates, and therefore, those voters had a “choice” to make.
I strongly believe that the voters who cast a ballot on Tuesday or before did so not to vote AGAINST someone but FOR someone. We need to remember why we have primaries and what they are meant to do. They are meant to give us a choice of who we think will be the BEST candidate to represent us in a general election.
In this day and age of where we talk more about what we DON’T want rather than what we DO want, it is hard to focus on why primaries are a necessary and required part of our voting process. How else will we choose the two best candidates to represent us in the fall? In fact, I am appalled at the two major parties who choose an incumbent or one challenger while trying to discourage any other person from running because contested primaries are “costly”. In my opinion, this control by the party system is killing our democracy.
It becomes ever harder to find young people who want to enter politics when all they see is the bickering and gridlock at the federal level in the august bodies of Congress. With partisan politics overshadowing the good work that happens daily, it is hard to get young people to vote let a lone run for office. At the state level, governance is hardly the profession young people would aspire to be part of when the news stories continue to show that corporate and special interests are pulling the strings. At the local level, news media continue to choose those candidates they find newsworthy and the stories usually have a taint of “scandal” to them. Analysis pieces in the newspaper choose frontrunners early for what may be good reason, but how discouraging for voters to be told their vote means little if anything. I wish journalists would stick with more reporting and less analyzing.
I said this a few weeks ago and I will say it again, Ward 14 had four candidates who showed an eagerness to learn, an enthusiasm to run, and a passion to serve. I only wish that more voters had turned out to choose. The sad reality is if we do not “get out to the vote” and we do not exercise our right to vote then, some day we will look around and find we have lost that right.
I know in Ward 14 with candidates like Nelson Cintron, Jr., Brian Cummins, Janet Garcia, and Brian Kazy we will continue to move forward. In this mix, we have two strong Latino voices as well as two other voices experienced in community organizing and development. Together, these leaders can unite our community to be a force of transformation.
We have a community that wants leaders who move us forward and put the “old ways” behind us. We have one thousand voters who made sure their voices were heard on Election Day. Do we need more voters? Absolutely. Did we go out and vote against someone?. Absolutely not. We went out and voted because we believed in our candidate. Many of us had a candidate who didn’t make it to the finals, but we should be proud of ourselves because we know what having “a right to vote” means.
***The white areas on this map have fewer than 1000 Hispanic people per Square mile.***
Given the recent events of Ward Redistricting I thought it was a good time to pull it out and see where the concentration of Hispanic people lived.
Seems to me that it should be relatively easy to create a ward that has a 41% density of Hispanics without causing major disruption. Then again, maybe not.