Over the next nine months, Georgia and its counties and cities will see election contests for their executive, legislative and judicial offices.
In the executive branch, there will be races not only for governor, but also for secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, state school superintendent, our local mayor’s office and many sheriffs’ offices. In the legislative branch we’ll see a dynamic race for an open U.S. Senate seat as well as contests for the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislature, county commission posts and boards of education. In the judicial branch many judgeships are on the ballot, too.
AS CITIZENS OF A democracy, each of us should welcome the election process and pledge never to fail to vote in the primary elections as well as the general elections and runoffs. Whenever citizens forgo the right to vote, our communities are denied the opportunity to install the most capable people to serve our communities.
Many citizens will offer themselves as candidates for the first time, and some will be vying again for an opportunity to serve. Regardless of political experience, the process of campaigning for public office is daunting – not only for the candidate but also for those who love and support them. The challenge stimulates the full panoply of human emotions, including fear, newfound courage, doubt and determination.