Six Word Saturday
It’s Election Day. Going To Vote.
Today is the Citywide Municipal Election in San Antonio. It is our Election Day. We always have Election Day the second week of May. I have no idea why we hold it now instead of in November when everybody else is holding Election Day. We have to be different. Or rather, I suppose we want everyone to focus their attention on the task at hand and not be distracted by all the other races. At least that’s what I imagine.
All our city council positions are up for election, as is the mayor’s position. I don’t even think anyone is running against Mayor Julian Castro. I haven’t heard of anyone running against him or seen any billboards for anyone. He is extremely popular. On the other hand, the race for our District 8 city council seat is hotly contested. There are two men running in our district. They started campaigning in January and have been at each other’s throats. It’s been a nasty campaign with nasty charges. Lately there have been a barrage of recorded phone call from both camps. The phone rings off the hook morning, noon, and evening with calls from both parties requesting my vote for “their man” who is the best qualified and according to one, who will bring good roads, safe neighborhoods, and low traffic (as if I believe this).
I have made up my mind who to vote for. We have early voting, which occurs in the two weeks prior to Election Day. I missed that, but if I had voted early, I would be really annoyed to have received all these annoying phone calls this past week from the candidates. The calls didn’t change my mind; if anything, they solidified my decision. The one candidate cannot deliver on his promises, that is clear. The other is more realistic, more honest. He will work better with the City Council. I trust him more. I will vote for him. And I’ll vote for Mayor Castro. Of course.
At 11:00 or thereabouts, I will go across the street to Thorton Elementary School and cast my votes. I will do my civic duty for this year to the City of San Antonio. Last year only 44,000 out of 600,000 registered voters actually voted. So far, 33,000 voters have voted early. I hope people actually turn out and cast their vote in our Citywide Elections. People should care about who represents them in their government, especially in their local governments. I know I do.