The race for the West Cobb (District 1) Commission seat is not a personality contest.
Most of our nation is familiar with what can happen when we elect someone on the basis of their engaging smile and silver slick tongue. West Cobbers cannot afford that to happen here. We need to do our homework — learn about the candidates and vote with our heads, not our hearts.
We should ask ourselves a series of questions in an effort to select the best, most appropriate, candidate. These would be my starter questions:
1) What are the primary needs of District 1? Some suggestions:
a) Protect our safety and quality of life.
b) Honor and comply with the Land Use Plan, as has Commissioner Goreham.
c) Know the facts of a matter before voting on it. Vote in favor of our District’s interests.
d) Influence taxation with our District in mind.
e) Act responsibly and apolitically at all times.
2) Why is the candidate running for the office?
3) Who is supporting the candidate? Why? Will “special interests” influence the candidate’s behavior and voting?
4) What are the goals or objectives of the candidate? How congruent are they with No. 1, above?
5) How well will the candidate’s experience enable the actual achievement of Nos. 1 and 4, above?
6) How confident am I in the candidate’s integrity?
Sure, most of us can think of more things we’d ask if we had a chance. But getting answers to the above from all five candidates would put you light-years ahead of the average voter. Keep the questions handy. You’ll find they apply to most elected offices.