Because you work for an organization such as GFPS, you are part of something bigger than yourself. By coming to work each day and joining with your colleagues in delivering this most important thing, education, you are part of something bigger than yourself. By living in Great Falls and in the United States of America, you are part of something bigger than yourself. As we participate in our world, we are givers and takers of resources. I am grateful for all I receive and for the ability to give.
It is also important that we do our part. The responsibilities of being a citizen of a collective society are many, but today I would like to focus on a very important one: voting. While I know that the national politics scene is not always a positive one, I do know that the work of our locally elected Board of Trustees IS positive. The work of our Board of Trustees impacts each of us daily and therefore, it is important that we do our part…that we participate in the voting that seats the Board.
This year, there are three seats up for election. Those are the seats of Jeff Gray, Ann Janikula and Laura Vukasin. All three incumbents have filed as have four other candidates. Here are the dates to keep in mind:
Close of Voter Registration 4/4/2016
Late Registration Begins 4/5/2016
Mail Ballots Mailed 4/18/2016
If you haven’t registered to vote, TODAY is the last day of regular registration. You can still use late registration but it is easier to get it done on time. To register, stop by the Elections Office at 325 2nd Ave. N. It only takes a moment. If you aren’t sure if you are registered to vote, you can check at this website: http://www.cascadecountymt.gov/departments/elections.
Now the next thing: getting ready to vote. That means paying attention and getting information about the candidates. The Tribune is sponsoring a Candidate Forum on Monday, April 18 at 6:00 pm. Mark your calendar to hear firsthand, what the candidates have to say. The Tribune also usually prints interviews with the candidates.
Lastly, VOTE! Trustee elections are often decided by only a few votes. Every vote counts. Don’t let yours sit in your pile of mail. Every registered voter will receive a ballot. Exercise your right and responsibility. Fill it out and mail it in. I thank you for taking the time to get this done.
Just one more reminder. There are specific rules about using public time and other public resources to advocate for candidates. Check out the article in Newsbits for more information about that. In the meantime..
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.