By Beverly Gadson-Birch
There are some really good folks running in both the City of Charleston and North Charleston elections; but, it’s going to take more than just “good”. Well, what is “good”. Can you be good and no-good at the same time? You can be from a good home and folks may think you are good. Bad folks live in good homes. You may have made good grades in school, but constantly kicked out of school for bad behavior. So, does that make a person good or no-good? I don’t know. I am just asking because as crazy as it may seem, it’s going to take good people–people with character, intellect and foresight to defeat the incumbents in the November elections. Voters need representation that doesn’t bend with the wind. Before every election, it’s pay-out, pay-off time; but, when it comes to paving streets and installing proper drainage pipes in black neighborhoods, there is never enough money in the budget. Incumbents, y’all better be ready this time around! Looks like both mayoral elections will be close.
Let me explain “bending”. I know Y’all old schoolers remember how granny’s switch just rocked back and forth every time she took a swipe at you, but it never broke. Are y’all with me? Well, if you were to look at the candidate’s running for mayor and council seats, you will see flexible folks. The reason they bend so much is they are green. Oftentimes, they lack the necessary experience for the office, but they run anyhow. They run because they are coaxed into the race to muddy the waters. One minute they are on this side of the fence and the next minute they are on the other side of the fence. One minute they live in the area; the next minute, they live outside of the area. Is it any wonder why genuine representation is absent from most elections? Is it any wonder why disproportionately black neighborhoods look like the aftermath of a storm? So, stop voting for politicians who cannot deliver on their promises.
I know y’all didn’t ask me but I’se gonna have my say anyhow. Personally, I try not to get too involved in elections other than to VOTE and offer my opinion when asked; but, it’s just too much at stake in the mayoral elections to keep quiet. Every day, folks are moving into the area in droves and every day new construction is taking place. God ain’t making no more land but he is sure ‘nuff making more people. Where ‘da heck are all these people coming from and why? It must be about jobs, opportunities, retirement and just good ole southern living. I wish I could throw education into the mix, but we still have quite a way to go
Now that we have all of that out of the way, here is my point! Six candidates are vying for Mayor of Charleston—Renee Orth, Mike Seekings, Gary White, Maurice Washington, Sheri Irwin, and incumbent John Tecklenberg. In North Charleston, John Singletary, Thomas Dixon, Floyd Dotter, and Ashley Peele are gearing up to defeat incumbent Keith Summey. Voters no longer care about longevity in office. They care about service. They care about keeping promises. Promises made should be promises kept. So, who’s good and who’s bad matters? Voters are asking the question, who can we trust? And, who have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar? It’s reckoning time! Let’s not forget about councilmembers seat. Councilmembers are an important link between mayor and the people. Be sure to vote for candidates that have proven themselves trustworthy, knowledgeable, and have a plan inclusive of all people.
It’s going to take more than a vision to run two of the major cities in South Carolina. You can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool millennium voters none of the time. Even old school voters are becoming more sophisticated. It all boils down to “representation for the people and by the people”. It’s about restoring voter apathy and treating all communities with respect. It’s about providing the best services possible to all communities. If you are a no-good politician, do yourself a favor and bow out now! Don’t waste voters time with promises you don’t intend to keep. Don’t risk dividing the vote!
Let’s get rid of no good, no count politicians by voting them out on November 5!! “Yes, we can!”