Add some positivity to chaos of this election

To the editor:

I’m saddened by the negativity that surrounds elections and wanted to share my personal effort to stay positive.

Elected officials are supposed to be public servants. They work for the people, which is me and you. I look at the candidates as applicants for the job openings we have in our government. As such, I want to learn why each candidate is the best person for the job; not why the other person isn’t.

I want to know what ideas they have and why they want the job.

Do they want to do what’s best for the whole?

Do they line up as an individual, not as a party, with my views?

Do they care about the things that impact me, my family and my community (safety, schools, morals, growth, ability to change with society/research, professionalism)?

What’s their track record? What qualifications do they have? Do they run on their own merit or an affiliation? Are they too calculated and rehearsed?

I make a list of what positions will be on my ballot, the applicants for those positions, and I research a lot. Then I vote for who I think would be best for that job.

I can appreciate that each individual has different wants, needs and views without hating them for it. However, I don’t appreciate lies, slander, bullying or political games.

This is just what I do so that my voice is heard in an effort to make a positive impact.

I don’t want to start more conflict; I just wanted to say that your voice matters and add some positivity to this chaos.

—Tammy Lampert
Jasper




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