October 10, 2014 - 7:13 AM
Rapper Lil’ Jon’s “Rock the Vote” video is going viral and for good reason. The video, which shows young celebrities turning out to vote in the U.S. midterm elections, demonstrates the significance of voting. Everyone has something they can fight for, and represent with their vote.
Our municipal election isn’t on the same scale, but the message is the same in our small town. In the last city election in 2011, voter turnout was only 33.5 per cent. It could be, should be higher. Of course I am asking you to vote, but that's not the best question.
Instead ask yourself: What will you stand up for with your vote?
Each election candidate represents different opportunities to be had in our community, including economic development, tourism, health care, education, support for small businesses, and a strong community.
There has been a lot of talk over the last few months about changes needed in Penticton and your vote is the action that is needed. You get to decide which candidates represents the change you want to see in Penticton. Those who are elected will do their part serving our community and voting is our one true job.
And if you’re reading this and are thinking you don't know anything about the election process, any of the candidates or the issues, that’s okay. There’s still a month to educate yourself before voting time.
If all goes well, you can look at the newly elected council and say: “That’s what I voted for.”
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