As my friend David Pepper says about politics, “there is never an off year.”
Obviously, 2014 is an important one as there are numerous exciting State-wide races – from Governor to Treasurer to Attorney General to Secretary of State. And, of course, there are all the State-wide Congressional races. On a national level, Southwest Ohio is facing Congressional races in District 1 and District 2 – both of which will have primaries to determine the Democratic candidate in the May election.
On a more fundamental and grassroots level, we will all be able to elect our new Precinct Executives, or keep our current ones, on May 6th.
What is a “Precinct Executive?” and “why should I care?” you may ask.
In brief, Precinct Executives control the local Democrat & Republican Parties. They are elected to do a number of things, the most important of which are as follows:
1)Determine the direction of their party
2)Set bylaws and governing principles for their party
3)Endorse candidates for political office
Yes, the job consists primarily of attending meetings and the like, but the Precinct Executives truly have the last word on WHO is endorsed for WHAT office.
If you are tired of the candidates your Party endorses, then the Precinct Executive races should be of great interest to you. On the other hand, if you LOVE who your Party endorses then. . .well. . .the Precinct Executive races should ALSO be of great interest to you. To cut to the chase – the most fundamental way YOU can have a say in your Party is by voting for & supporting your Precinct Executive.
Chances are you already know who is running for Precinct Executive for your precinct. The candidates are typically folks who are already very involved in their communities. If you don’t know in what precinct you live, you can go to http://boe.hamilton-co.org for all of that information.
Many people were upset with how the 2013 Council and Mayoral elections turned out. However, many people were also overjoyed (such is the way of Democracy). The fact is that, regardless of how you felt about the results of the 2013 elections, voter turnout was embarrassingly low. Our Democracy only works when the PEOPLE, for whom Democracy exists, get out and VOTE. Your vote is your voice, and I urge you to use in on May 6th, 2014.
One thing’s for certain – Northside is involved. That is one of the things I admire so much about your neighborhood. So please, urge all of your friends in other neighborhoods to follow your example.
Happy voting, Happy baseball season, and happy Spring.
By Mike Moroski
Mike Moroski has been active in the community for 12 years fighting for issues affecting low-income people, education, homelessness, and affordable housing. He currently serves as Director of Community Outreach at Lower Price Hill Community School, board member, activist, & educator and has two post-graduate degrees; one in English, and one in Nonprofit Administration.