Progress requires action: Get out and vote

Published 11:43 pm Thursday, June 23, 2016

Everybody seems to have an opinion about the upcoming presidential election, and it’s important for Troy residents to bring that same passion for the municipal elections coming up August 23.

The general election in November is important; its results do affect Pike County. But residents have the opportunity through municipal elections to pick the people directly responsible for their communities. It takes electing good local politicians to experience growth in the community.

We need to examine each candidate’s positions and proposals to determine who will best serve the community. Who you select for each position can change how the city and county handle issues that you care about.

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If you haven’t already registered to vote, you should register as soon as possible to make sure your voice is heard. If you want to vote, but will be unable to vote in person on election day, you need to vote by absentee ballot by August 18. You can contact your city clerk after qualifying ends July 19 to request a ballot.

Qualifying doesn’t begin until July 5, but several candidates have already announced campaigns in Troy and Brundidge.

Brundidge will have to elect a new mayor for the first time in 30 years, as Mayor Jimmy Ramage announced last month that he will not be running for reelection. Three candidates have thrown in their hats for the seat: Isabell Boyd of the Brundidge Planning Commission, Charlie Harris of the Pike County Commission, and Cynthia Pearson of the Brundidge City Council.

Troy will have to replace two veteran city councilmembers in Charlie “Sarge” Dunn and Johnny Witherington. Robert Jones and Anthony Jackson have both announced bids for the District 1 seat vacated by Dunn. Stephanie Campbell Baker is running for the open District 4 seat. Former councilmember Wanda Moultry is running against current councilmember Dejerilyn Henderson for the District 5 seat.

Research these candidates, determine who you think will be the best for the community, and get out and vote.

Opinion isn’t enough; progress requires action.