Yesterday, I attended two events for candidates running for City council. Before I get into that, I wanted to mention that you can find out about the debate by clicking on the title of this entry, which will then take you to the Life of Jason blog. His blog is great, it is almost like being there word for word.
My entry is not going to be focused on what happened there, but more of what it felt like to be there. I used to hate politics, and would not have much to do with them other then voting, but there were many events in my life that awoken me, and I realized that if I wanted to change things, then I needed to get busy!
The more local politics are, the more that I find that I am starting to love it. I love the conversations that are created through candidates and citizens, especially when you know that these individuals running are not going to get paid for this service that they are rendering us.
I am drawn to those that truly want to serve the people. They are not just adding to their resume, or trying to have some influence that they will personally benefit from, but have that true deep passion for service and helping to guard our tax dollars and our liberty. I prefer to work with those people, even if I disagree with some philosophies that they have, I know that they go to the people rather then their interests.
Sometimes, it can seem like these kind of people do not exist anymore, if you focus on the Federal level of politics, and ignore things locally or at the state level. I know this, because that is how I felt.
After meeting the candidates, I have a lot of hope for Springfield, and the citizens. There are so many good people running for these offices, and not just that, there are many more passionate people running then I thought I would see. It was refreshing. I actually enjoyed it!
I also have to say that 3 of the questions that were asked were ones that I submitted, so I thought that was an added bonus, it helped me be able to make a decision. There is one race that is going to be very hard for me to make a decision on, so hopefully the primary will help make it. In other races, I have said who I support early on, but I have learned that it is better to wait until after a primary to do that, and in this case, I can see why. There are REALLY good people.
However, if there was only one person I could support, I would not care if it was the primary, I would show my support. And if I feel extra passionate about the differences, I will help that candidate however I can. This is the first time, that I have felt good about most of my options, and that is just incredible. I am sure you can tell I am shocked. But I am also pleased.
I hope that the citizens of Springfield really take a good long look at their options, that they research all they can, and take the opportunity to get to know them. We are really blessed to have such wonderful people stand up and volunteer to serve us.
I wanted to mention that I went to my first Republican Women meetings yesterday as well. It was a very nice experience, and I got to talk to some great people. I had a couple people ask me if I was the media, which I found amusing, but at the same time wondered what it was about me that would give that impression. (I wasn't taking any pictures there lol).
Here are just a few pictures from last night, and you can see more on my Facebook page. Also, I like to give credit where credit is due. The pictures that I am in were taken by Glenn Gohr.