Political expert? I think not

Posted: 5th October 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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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.

  1. Miller Williams says:

    Can we just opt out of house representation? Because I’ve checked out both sites and between Joe trumpeting degree after degree after degree, but then digressing into something about having to work at his parent’s cleaning business, to Gene’s constant pictures about trains (Is the six year old Thomas the Train bloc in play this election cycle?) both seem a bit weak to me.

    As for the Senate race… Bill, Bill, Bill… no notice on Magnus running so you couldn’t cobble together a website? Any website? I’m guessing you plan on conceding the election next month via telegram? Oberloh has a cool beard so he’ll win. I think Criswell predicted it.