After spending nearly nine years as an elected official in O’Fallon, there are several pictures of me on the walls of the O’Fallon City Hall. Some people think the Federal or State Governments are more important than local, but I can assure you that every level is important. The most valuable lessons I learned about government came from my time serving on the Board of Aldermen in the City of O’Fallon.
In two weeks, Missouri will hold local elections. People frequently ask me for advice on whom to support. In general, if you find someone in favor of limited government, you will get someone who is more Constitutional. Also, if you get someone who supports limited government, that person will stand on the side of the taxpayers and usually be Pro-Life.
Surface issues will come and go, but having the correct philosophy of government is the most important requirement. Start with someone who has a record. We need more walk than talk. Great haircuts and nicely tailored suits are temporary, but once we have lost our liberty, it won’t come back to us when the term is over.
In my City of O’Fallon, a mayoral race is on the ballot. A few people asked me to run, but I am in a better position to help in other ways. The vantage point from the dugout is clear and refreshing.
In O’Fallon, there are two choices for Mayor, both current officeholders. One recently voted to protect the taxpayers and one voted against the taxpayers. They voted on a contract to operate the trash transfer station. One company would have saved the taxpayers $785,000 and the other contract would cost the taxpayers $5.1 million. It’s hard to find financial disclosure reports for local races, but usually campaign donations affect these kinds of votes.
Those who are willing to leave the taxpayers out need to explain, apologize or should at least be required to answer to the voters. The only opportunity to hold our elected officeholders is on election day.
Do you have an opinion about your local government?
WHAT YOU CAN DO…
1.) Make an effort to call your candidates as well as your current elected officials. They need to know you. If you can find their phone numbers, use them. If you can’t find a way to contact them now, it’s only going to be harder yet to find them after they win their elections. When a candidate puts his name on the ballot, he is inviting interaction with the voters. We need to reward candidates who are approachable. When a candidate is so insulated he has an unlisted phone number or e-mail address, imagine how difficult it will be to have input after the election!
If you need help finding a phone number, you can always try the city clerk (or school district office if it’s a school board position. They usually have a phone number and/or an e-mail address on the filing form. There is too much at stake to be bashful!
2.) Invite me to speak. If you have an event where you need a speaker, please let me know. I am dedicating my energy on the places where I can make the greatest difference. Please let the meeting organizer know that I can help your group understand the intersection of government and families in a way they may have never known before. If you want me to come and help your efforts to educate and motivate your network, please click this button here:
3.) The mission of Home Front continues. We need your involvement to fund our ongoing efforts, research and equipment. If you want to continue to support us in this effort, you can mail a check to this address:
Cynthia Davis, 1008 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63366.
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You’ll hear from one of the best child psychologists in the Country about how things have changed from the 1960s to now. He offers a refreshing perspective on the use of electronics, help with homework and how to really give kids the best opportunity to succeed.
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