The May 4th election day is quickly approaching and there is no shortage of opinions about the contests on the ballot. From the controversy at Amarillo ISD, to the debate over the City Council, to the bond at Amarillo College, each race this year has developed its own unique twist.
As part of the election, Facebook comments, yard signs, billboards and more have started in the community. A recent mailer by Amarillo Matters gained attention, as have the hundreds of yard signs popping up in neighborhoods across the community for candidates across the spectrum. Some candidates have had the benefit of over $100,000 in fundraising, others have raised less than $500. Some candidates have extremely high name recognition as seasoned politicians, others are making their first bids for political office.
Looking past the candidates alone, what should be said is that regardless of which candidates you support, you have to show up to vote on May 4th in order to make your voice heard. If you have a yard sign in your front yard, that is great, but you still have to cast a ballot in order to make your voice truly heard. The next two years at Amarillo City Hall, the next four at Amarillo ISD, and the next six years at AC will be decided by how you vote on May 4th. Don’t let your chance to make a difference go to waste.
Early voting will begin on April 22nd. In total, twenty-eight candidates are vying for your vote in just Amarillo alone. Please show up to vote and make your voice heard on May 4th.
-Thomas Warren III, Editor-in-Chief