Let’s do Better and Vote
Summer is just around the corner and I thought this column would be devoted to sharing summer resources, activities and opportunities still available for our young villagers HOWEVER, I must spend most of my column talking about voting again.
Out of 65,770 registered voters in District 2, 5407 people in District 2 voted in the city’s General Election on May 4. We barely had more votes than Districts 4 and 5 but the voter turnout in the remaining seven districts was substantially higher. Why does this matter? In the world of politics, “constituents” really means “voters”. “If a little more than 5000 people show up to vote than why should I put my energies in that area?”, is a question a politician could ponder. Is it reasonable to ask “What about us?”, when the “us” does not support the political process?
Our village depends on our civic engagement. Although we cannot depend on anyone else to fix our village, we can benefit from the local, state and federal programs supported by our tax dollars. Surveying the village, we need more street lights, sidewalks, smooth roads, parks with working equipment, updated community centers, community policing, economic support for small businesses, economic development and anything else that comes to mind. Holding our leaders accountable to our village works when we are accountable to each other. It starts by registering to vote and VOTING!
The mayoral race is undecided and the District 2 Council race is still being disputed and is undecided. I am convinced when our voting numbers increase we will see the elected mayor in our village more. Although voter apathy is not a reason to abandon our village it is apparent that has happened. As I stated in previous writings there is so much at stake and the sitting councilperson will have a lot of influence on the distribution of millions of dollars. Additionally, the gentrification and displacement of villagers is a perpetual challenge and the seated councilperson can be a part of the solution. Additionally, the District 2 Councilperson will need to strategically work with the county representative, Commissioner Tommy Calvert and the state representative, Barbara Gervin-Hawkins.
Early voting for the runoff begins May 28 and ends June 4. Runoff Election Day is June 8. Getting out to vote is your civic duty. There was a time when women and people of color were prohibited to vote. Not getting out to vote is choosing to revert to a more discriminating past. Please do not let your silence and apathy shout “We don’t care!”. People died for the privilege for us to vote. Village, we need you like never before to send a message to city hall that says “We Matter.” There is an old adage that says, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Villagers, don’t squeak unless you vote! Once you vote, let’s hold our elected officials accountable.
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME
There are a few slots still available for select Carver Community Cultural Center Summer Programs. Aviation Career Education (ACE) Day Camp for youth ages 13-17 years old, June 17-22, 2019 with an application deadline of May 25. For more information see www.sanantonioaceacademy.com. Tuition price for the Carver and the ACE camp is $50.00. There are multiple programs at the Central and Branch Libraries, tuition free. Go to mysapl.org for more information. Bibliotech has daily programs. Check out bexarbibliotech.org for the schedule.
This week’s challenge:
1. Be an informed voter. Research the candidates to make an intelligent decision.
2. Attend a candidate forum. The next mayoral forum is Tuesday, May 21 at Travis
Park Church. Admission is free but registration is required at Eventbrite.com
3. Connect with a church, social and/or civic organization to create a “get out and