There’s little I’m embarrassed about more than admitting that my once zealous political fervor when elections come around has curdled beyond sour.
Once upon a time, I was the sort of political junkie that copiously scribbled notes while shouting at the television during presidential debates. Intransigent, mean-spirited, shallow politicians, their equally rigid supporters, and ineffective, circus-like national and state legislatures have sapped the passion out of me. Just the thought of watching a five-minute clip of a debate sends me in search of antacid and something bubbly to drink.
Perhaps that’s why Monday’s forum for Marion city council candidates was so invigorating and refreshing.
No false concern and boisterous posturing, and not a single candidate talked about the size of their hands.
Instead, there were five believably serious candidates discussing thoughtful, well-formed opinions in a respectful manner. The two incumbents were well prepared, but so, too, were the three challengers, all of whom have been attending council meetings to learn how it works and what issues it addresses.
I was, in a word, impressed, and for an old debater and jaded political junkie, that’s saying something. Not all answers were equal, nor should they have been. What I found most impressive was the sincerity and thoughtfulness that informed each answer.
Every one of those candidates believes that Marion matters, and that they can help to make life better in what was once known as the “Best Place I’ve Seen.”
Marion matters, and so does your vote. While it was refreshing to hear candidates say their opponents would also be worthy choices, it matters which ones are chosen by the people to lead.
I had one choice decided before the forum, and had my second by the time it was over. I’m once again excited to cast a ballot knowing my vote matters. Perhaps your vote will trump mine, but cruise on down to the polls Tuesday and mark a ballot. It matters. It really does.
— david colburn