Well, boys and girls, it's an election year. Do you know what that means? It means some of the people who control your life will be chosen this year. The question is whether you will have a say in who those people are.
One of my rules in life is that if you don't vote, then you're not allowed to complain about the politicians who get elected. So if you want to rant and rave in the comments section of this blog, you'd better be sure to vote in the upcoming election. (Of course, I have no way to enforce this, since last time I checked, we still have a secret ballot. However, with those new computer voting machines, I'm not entirely sure!)
This year, we will have a Primary Election on August 7, a Primary Runoff Election on August 28, and a General Election on November 6. To help you keep track of all these dates (and many others), this blog now has its own calendar. To get to it, just look on the right side of this page where it says Links and you'll see a link for the Natchez Calendar. This is not your typical Natchez calendar - it's more like a political calendar. This is where you can come to find out when all those governmental bodies have their meetings, and when all the relevant election deadlines are, etc. I've just started it, and I expect it will get full of goodies soon.
In this election, we'll be selecting all the people who run our county: Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Constables, Coronor, County Attorney, Justice Court Judges, Sheriff, Supervisors, Tax Assessor, and Tax Collector. Quick tell me everybody who's running for all those jobs. You can't? Well, how about who holds those positions now. That's better, but you still missed a few. You'd better check out another new feature to this blog. Look under Links again, and you'll see 2007 Candidates, which is the cheat sheet for the elections. Right now, all I have are the basics, but I'll be updating it as the Election progresses. So keep in touch.
Oh, I'm not finished with this election yet. In addition to all those county folks, you'll be voting for all kinds of state officials as well. There are all the statewide elections: Governor, Lt Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Agriculture & Commerce Commissioner, and Insurance Commissioner. I didn't even bother with them on my list of Candidates - you're on your own there. I just concentrated on those that represent Adams County in some capacity. That includes Public Service Commissioner and Transportation Commissioners for the Southern Region, District Attorney, 2 State Senators, and 4 State Representatives. Are you tired yet? Don't worry, I won't quiz you this time. But your exam is on August 7. I hope you'll be prepared!
Just in case you have no idea what district you live in for any of these candidates, I have just the thing you need - under Links again. Election Maps! Aren't you excited? No? Gee, I thought you would be.
PS To be able to vote, you first have to be registered. Are you registered? The deadline is July 7. (It's in the Natchez Calendar, of course!)
UPDATE: I've added a better map of Adams county to Election Maps. The best way to understand the meaning of the term gerrymandering is to draw election boundaries on a map. It makes you wonder if the lines weren't drawn to include all someone's relatives! Check out the Supervisor's District 4 for a good example.