I am registered to vote. And I plan on casting my vote on Nov. 6.
Sure, I’ve voted in years past. I registered when I was 18 and I’ve been pretty diligent each year. (Although I did miss the last presidential election because I was sick).
But I am extremely excited about this year’s election.
And it’s not just because we will cast our vote for the leader of our country for the next four years.
I am just as — if not more — excited for our local elections.
For the first time in my journalism career, I feel involved in the election.
Having worked in sports since I was about 16 years old, I haven’t covered much in the political arena. The extent of my experience on election night was watching as the news people would struggle with deadline. It was a common issue in sports, so I tried to help in any way I could.
But this year is different.
I have been trying to be actively involved in the political arena.
Am I an expert? Absolutely not.
When I first started talking to politicians, going to forums and reading articles, I had no idea what was going on or what these people were talking about.
To an extent, I still don’t.
But I’m learning, slowly but surely.
The fun part of being in the media is the contact we are able to have with the candidates.
Granted, I can’t call up President Obama and ask for an interview.
However, on a local level, I can do just that.
Sure, listening to someone in a forum or reading a letter to the editor shows a small portion of who the candidate is and what they stand for. But that’s not always accurate.
So, I’m trying something different for the Daily Globe.
For the past week, I have been shooting videos with each of the six major candidates in District 22 — Bill Weber and Alan Oberloh, Cheryl Avenel-Navara and Rod Hamilton, Joe Schomacker and Gene Short.
And next week, those videos will be featured on the Daily Globe website.
They aren’t too long. I asked each candidate four questions. I merely asked them questions and let them talk.
I feel like each one has embraced the platform and we’ve had some good conversations. I know I’ve learned a little more about each and every one of them, and I hope you do, too.
As we approach one month until the election, I hope each one of you is engaging in the political arena in some way.
There is no question this is an important election, both on a national and local level.
I can’t predict who will win these elections, but I know I’m excited as we move closer to that answer.