Rupert Howell column 3-8-13

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 8, 2013

District 11 contest draws promising field of candidates

Four have qualified for the upcoming special election to fill the unexpired term of the late District 11 Representative Joe Gardner and I will say that it might be the best crop of candidates to ever want one spot in our area.

Each has shown the promise of a future and willingness to serve. Each has a history of giving to the community, not just taking away.

The bad news is that none has political experience and there will be a lot of OJT involved with being the new legislator before being able to deliver wants, wishes and needs to their constituency.

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The good news is that none has political experience and there will be an open road for someone to build a reputation in the state Capitol. There is youth and energy involved in each of the candidates and the roadblocks of cynicism have yet to become an obstacle to dreams and aspirations.

Before, I have written about the process and how that citizens should be the winners in an election.
Although your candidate may lose, hopefully during the campaign ideas, issues and solutions are discussed and brought to light. The best of those ideas, issues and solutions would need to be addressed during the next term or guess what? Voters have another opportunity to register their wishes.

Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks this publication will get an opportunity to discuss some of those issues with each candidate and let our readers become more familiar with their beliefs.

For now, remember the names of Anderson Boothe, Marshall Bartlett, Ederic Kerney, and Lataisha Jackson.

Win, lose or draw, they are going places.