Stand together, and change will happen
As I read what is happening in our state today my heart seems to beat just a little bit faster. Then I read my emails and comments from people all over Georgia who don’t understand what is happening in our state, their county or town, or school district and it beats a little faster.
I feel both their confusion and fear and understand the statement, “I know we should do something, I’m just not sure what.” I know these people. I know they believe in science. I know they are following the CDCs guidelines. I know they are helping each other and their family and friends by wearing a mask and socially distancing. I know they are agonizing over the decision of what school plan to choose. I wish I had an answer that could fix things for us immediately but unfortunately it is going to take all of us working together to change things for the better.
The one thing we can and must do is to vote for change. We can never again allow a school board seat to go uncontested. We can never again let any local, state or federal race have only one candidate running. No matter how hard the race or how much of an uphill battle it seems to be, someone must step up and take the lead. Then when that happens, everyone — and I mean everyone — must do all that they can to get that person elected. No one can win a race alone. Everyone needs support in donations, in volunteers, in words and deeds.
As you ask, “What more can I do?” continue doing what you are doing but add just a little more. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in awhile just to check on them, and also make sure they are registered to vote. Tell them about a candidate they might not know about. Share your knowledge and your voice. If you haven’t volunteered, ask what you can do. An hour a week will make a difference. Donate a dollar or two to a candidate that is working hard to represent you.
There are many little-known candidates working hard to make a difference in your district. Let them know they have your support. Let others know they have your support. Or if no one has stepped up to represent your district, think about running in the next election cycle. Work with a candidate now so you will be prepared for the future. The more you learn, the stronger you will be when you run your own race.
This is an overwhelming time for all of us. I share your fears and your concerns. I am doing my best to help you get the changes you want in our state government. I stand with you as you fight for the safest school opening as possible. I feel the need to remind everyone that they are not in this fight alone. I believe that as we stand together to protect our children, our families, our friends and our community, change will happen. It just takes all of us to vote and then to remind those we put in office that they are there to serve us, not the other way around.