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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

There is an ELECTION in MOUNT RAINIER, MD, Monday, May 4, 2015

Another whirlwind day.  Meetings, meetings, meetings, but lots got accomplished or started.  Emergency preparedness took up a lot of my day.  We all sit back and shake our heads and talk about what could have been done, what should have been done, and who should have done it.  In small cities and towns, the same issues exist, and the same issues, mostly go unnoticed and un-addressed until the lid blows off.  Then we are up in arms.  Then we want to be heard.

There is an election in Mount Rainier.  The election date is May 4, 2015.  Not all of us can run for office, but 4,300+ of us can come out to the polls and vote for the candidates that we believe best represent us, our concerns, and our community.  In many of the previous elections held in this City (MOUNT RAINIER), less than 600 people CARED enough to come out to MOUNT RAINIER CITY HALL (POTTS BUILDING at one time, old fire station at other times) to cast their votes.

TRUE, visibility, communications, and information about the CITY ELECTION was limited at best, but IF YOU LIVE HERE, you have a duty and a responsibility to know certain basic things INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE A VOICE in your local government.  NO, voting at MOUNT RAINIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL or THOMAS STONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL was not voting in a MUNICIPAL ELECTION.  YOU HAVE NOT BEEN HEARD, and yes, people count on YOU NOT BEING HEARD especially, if you live in the apartments, Queens Manor, Kaywood, Queenstown, Arundel Apartments, and all of the other smaller apartments in the City.

This year, at least 4,300+ notices were sent to each registered voter in the City of Mount Rainier, Maryland.  You should have received your notice of the election last week.  It has YOUR NAME on it.  It has the VOTING INFORMATION on it.  IT HAS THE LOCATION OF THE ELECTION as well as the hours of the election. 

VOTING TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES.  Those elected will be in office for two to four years!  They will determine the services you get -- tax increases; police coverage; trash collection; code enforcement; parking, and yes a whole lot more!

In the past 40 years, I have heard almost every reason under the sun why people do not vote.  I have also had to listen to how unfair the system is; how our police officers do not respond; why trash cans and trash removal in the City is so archaic; how street repairs are needed; and the list goes on and on.  Your opportunity to lend your voice and to hold someone accountable for responding to YOU is when you participate in the election process.

No change does not come overnight.  No one person cannot do it by him or herself, BUT ask the person who lost an election by one vote!  Ask the person who almost won a million dollars, but missed it by one number!  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!  YOUR VOICE COUNTS!  You can be a part of those working to change our City – MOUNT RAINIER, MARYLAND in a positive manner or you can continue to sit on the sideline and see what happens next.

IT IS YOUR CALL.  There are committees in the City that COULD BENEFIT from your knowledge, experience and expertise.  Those elected do not know that you have the skills they need because YOU HAVE NOT YET stepped forward.  Remember, the best way to bring about change is to be a change agent and part of the change YOU WANT TO SEE HAPPEN in YOUR COMMUNITY.

VOTE, MONDAY, May 4, 2015.  This is an exciting time, and you have the opportunity to participate in this election.  Yes, you have to go to work, and I hope that all of you have jobs.  HOWEVER, the polls are open at 7:00am and they do not close until 8:00pm.  There is time to make your voice heard and YOUR VOTE COUNT!


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