Editorial: Candidates will offer commitment
Early voting for Henderson’s City Council got started Thursday, and Sunday afternoon we’ll share in a presentation of a candidates’ forum.
The Dispatch is a partner with WIZS-1450 AM and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce in the 4:30 p.m. event. It is part of our commitment to the community, one we’ve shared for more than 99 years.
When the candidates come before us, they’re also going to be sharing as well. They’re going to be offering their commitment to our community.
The responsibility with political office is large, the expectations are even greater and the rewards can’t always be measured tangibly.
There will not be a single issue faced by a City Council member, nor has there ever been, that isn’t important. To someone somewhere, every issue that makes it in front of this policy-making board has merit and importance. Many times, how our elected representatives treat the things that matter most to us determine how we feel about them, and if they’ll keep our vote.
The big issues are easy. We see or feel them daily, we have our opinion and most often we have a good deal of information from which to draw judgment. Elected officials do, too.
But if they don’t, how much commitment is there to go and find the information necessary to make a sound decision? How much commitment is there to weigh the needs and wants of a few, or even one, against the greater majority? And is the time right for the majority not to influence and determine the decision?
Commitment is a key word all of us, not just candidates for City Council, should be getting reacquainted with in our daily routines. It has a looser definition these days, one we find troubling.
Workers aren’t “all in” like they used to be, and loyalty arguably has an even looser definition than commitment. When it comes to the City Council, this is the group that will be our workers that will gain or lose our loyalty.
Choices have to be made. The Dispatch and its partners offer a commitment to allow Henderson voters opportunity to meet these potential public servants.
See you Sunday.