Thursday, April 25, 2013
Please, vote May 7
All elections are important.
I’ve never understood why eligible voters do not vote.
Most of the time, if we get a 50 percent turnout, it’s considered good.
In a couple of weeks, let’s make it closer to 100 percent in Holly Springs. Exercise your right and your freedom.
On Tuesday, May 7, voters will go to the polls to select their choices for mayor and board of aldermen.
Holly Springs is positioned for progress. But the leadership we pick in this election is crucial to that development.
We need to go with the best qualified candidates. It’s not a popularity contest. It’s not a good ole’ boy contest.
Pick the best ones for the jobs – simple as that.
We need to go with team players – ones who will voice their opinions, disagree at times but come out united and ready to move forward.
It takes all of us – city government officials, business leaders, civic leaders, church leaders, everyone – pulling together to build an even better community than what we have in Holly Springs today.
If you’re unsure where a candidate stands on certain issues, ask them.
Do your homework before the Tuesday, May 7, election.
Last week I tuned in to one night of the political forum at Rust College – featuring alderman-at-large and mayoral candidates.
My thanks to Dr. David Beckley, his staff members and the students for offering this political venue.
I know most of the candidates through my role as community newspaper publisher, but hearing some of the responses that night helped me make up my own mind as far as who to vote for on Tuesday, May 7.
Remember – absentee voting is also available.
I mailed ballots to my two children in college.
It’s an important election. They all are. Please, vote.
There is also a critical bond issue decision on the ballot. If passed, it would OK funds for the Holly Springs School District to build a new Intermediate School and make renovations at other schools in the district.
Voters living outside the city limits (but inside the school district) can vote on the bond issue only.
No matter who you talk to in the realm of industrial or business development, he or she will likely tell you the key is education.
That’s what industries considering a move to an area look at first – the schools.
Superintendent of education Irene Walton Turnage has led an outstanding effort, with a teamwork approach, in improving the academic achievements of students in the city school district.
The school district has climbed the academic ladder the last few years and is positioned to reach the highest possible level when it comes to student performance.
Holly Springs students deserve the best – when it comes to facilities.
The learning environment is a crucial ingredient in the recipe – also highlighted by quality administrators, excellent teachers and so on.
Just like I mentioned earlier – whether it’s the success of a city or the success of a school district – the best leadership possible and teamwork/communication from top to bottom are the keys.
The Tuesday, May 7, election will be held at the fire station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All elections are important. This one is very important – for our city, for our schools. Please, vote.
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