Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
For most of my adult life (meaning from the time I could vote), my attention and interest has been in national elections. After all, wasn’t that what was important; who became our president and those we elected to be our representatives as senators and congressmen? I don’t mean to diminish them. They are, of course, important.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized that the elected officials with the most power over my life and yours were the people we voted in to fill local positions. School board members control what and how our children are taught; Arizona Corporation Commission controls the cost of our utilities and more; sheriffs, mayors and judges determine how well our laws are upheld. Everyone we vote for (or neglect to vote for) has a great deal more control over our day-to-day lives than the guys in D.C.
We need to wake up to that fact. Our liberal friends have known about the power of local “control” for years and have used it to their advantage, the most glaring example being our schools and the push for critical race theory.
I ask that those of you who share my conservative values take an interest in or, more important, take an active role in our upcoming local elections. This is a call to action. Get to know the candidates. Help elect the ones who truly represent and support your values. Doing nothing is the same as endorsing ideas and values you don’t agree with. Complaining after the fact is like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the noise.