Enterprise incumbent council remains

350px-boll_weevil_monumentThat is the title of the story in the Southeast Sun on September 5, 2012. The story is about the city elections held a week earlier on 8/28/12. You can see the full story here, Enterprise incumbent council remains.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In case you were unaware or had just forgotten in the midst of all the graduation events, dance recitals, spring fever and life as you know it, there will be another city election in a little over 3 months, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Whether the news reports will have the same title this year is a choice the citizens of Enterprise will make, either by participation or lack thereof.

2012 Observations

A couple of things stand out to me when looking at the results from 2012. One is the “unopposed” beside most positions. The small number of votes cast was the other notable item to me. 155 and 106 votes respectively were the difference in these two races.

District 2

Tommy Johnson – 304

Jim Reeves – 149

Total Votes – 454

District 3

Kirk Donaldson – 368

Viki Davis – 262

Total Votes – 630

Your vote does count

No one in Enterprise should have any misconception about their vote not counting. As you can see by these numbers everyone’s vote does count and does make a difference. As I have mentioned before to many of you who read this blog there is a silent majority in Enterprise that can swing any election. Regardless of what you are prevented from saying or doing in public because of the intimidation you feel in your workplace, when you step inside that voting booth you can make the choice you really want to make and it will make a difference, but only if you do step inside that voting booth.

Candidates are needed if change is to be made

The only way you will have a chance to vote for someone other than the incumbent is if someone steps up and decides to run and then serve. There are only two announced candidates so far I am aware of. Eugene Goolsby is running for District 2 Councilman and Perry Vickers is running for District 3 Councilman. The experience both of these men have in business and education in Enterprise would bring some fresh ideas that only that type of experience can provide.

If not now, when?

So, if you have some good ideas of your own that would make Enterprise better or know someone who would be a good public servant, and you want to see a change in the makeup of the leadership of Enterprise, what are you waiting for?

Status quo will roll on

On the other hand, if you are happy with the way the city is being run and those who have been running it for many years you probably don’t have to do anything to see the status quo continue. It will continue if candidates do not commit and voters do not show up.

It is election year

I expect you will notice the city officials seemingly paying more attention to your requests and trying to placate your concerns over the next three months. Don’t allow the most recent interactions to outweigh all the interactions or lack thereof that went before. It is election year.

If you play golf and have ever had the experience of making that 45 foot double breaking downhill putt on number 18 you know that is a good feeling and great way to end a round. That is just human nature to get a little excited about that putt.  However, in golf, you have to count the scores on all 18 holes. When you total your score you have to include the previous 17 holes and often realize the round really wasn’t that good, even though it did end on a good note.

Similarly, in elections we should consider the entire term of the incumbent’s service. Their actions in the first 45 months should carry just as much weight as their actions and promises in the last 3 months.

Three months

I am one of those who grew up in Enterprise and moved back home a few years ago and currently do have an Enterprise address. We live just outside the city limits and cannot cast a vote in city election. However, that has no effect on my desire for my hometown to keep moving forward to be the best place to work, live and raise a family in Alabama. I will be watching with interest and expect it will be interesting to see what Enterprise chooses to do over the next 3 months.

We will get the leadership we deserve. 

Will the headlines in 2016 be the same as in 2012?

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 05/15/2016