2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Amarillo elections. You should consider being a part of history come May 4th.
Friday, February 15th will mark the final day for prospective candidates to file for a spot on the ballot. The May 4th election ballot will include a number of high profile contests, including seats on the local college board, the local school boards, and on the Amarillo City Council. Plus, it appears voters could have to decide the fate of a major bond issue put forward by Amarillo College. AC will officially make a decision on placing it on the ballot tomorrow.
With all of these upcoming races, voters will have the chance to make some big statements. Scandals at Amarillo ISD and Amarillo City Hall, plus possible tax hike for AC taxpayers should encourage voters to come out and make a difference. Is Amarillo happy with the controversy of the past two years inflicted by complacent politicians, or do voters want something better. I think we all know the answer.
As I have said in past articles, while it is crucial that you make a plan to vote this May, it is also important that you consider how to make a difference in your community. If you are able to run for office, then you should take the leap. If you are unable to run at this time, but still want to make a difference, you should consider volunteering for your favorite candidates.
May 4th will be an important day for the future of Amarillo, considering whether we will continue on our current government-backed path, or if we will try and move our city forward in an innovate, collaborative, inspiring way. If you want to be part of history, please consider filing to run for office. Filing ends at 5PM tomorrow, so time is limited.
If you care about your community and about ensuring voters have quality options this May, please make the leap and run for office. Voters can’t elect good representatives, if good candidates don’t run for office. Amarillo is counting on good candidates, and you might just be the one for which voters have been looking.
-Thomas Warren III, Editor-in-Chief