Gardner Edgerton Chamber President
The chamber doesn’t endorse candidates, but we do advocate that everyone has a responsibility to be an informed citizen and vote accordingly. As such, we recently held two candidate forums for the upcoming primary elections on Aug. 2, and I was happy to see a good turnout at both. For those of you who couldn’t make them, I hope you come to coffee on Wednesday July 6 to meet the candidates at 8 a.m. at the Water District #7 office.
Have you registered to vote yet? If not, the Johnson County information is available at https://www.jocoelection.org/
And while we’re all bombarded with talking points, mailers claiming he said this or she did that, and excerpts from 20-year old speeches, I encourage you to heed these words written by marketing guru Seth Godin…
“The problem with complaining about the system is that the system can’t hear you. Only people can. And the problem is that people in the system are too often swayed to believe that they have no power over the system, that they are merely victims of it, pawns, cogs in a machine bigger than themselves.
Alas, when the system can’t hear you, and those who can believe they have no power, nothing improves. Systems don’t mistreat us, misrepresent us, waste our resources, govern poorly, support an unfair status quo and generally screw things up—people do. If we care enough, we can make it change.”
You may or may not desire change this year, but whatever you desire it’s up to you to be part of the process.
Please do all of us a favor in 2016 – exercise your right to vote because in the end, people make the difference.