Election day is fast approaching.



Charles Raney
Leavenworth

To the editor:
Election day is fast approaching. Those who vote will have six candidates to choose from to fill three seats. You can vote for one, two or three candidates. It is not mandatory that you vote for three.
This year the candidates have a variety of experiences and backgrounds from which to choose. You have candidates with military, business, blue collar and felonious backgrounds to vote for to represent, or continue to represent, our fine city.
Like every election year, candidates will come to your door claiming they are, or want to be, your voice at City Hall. I ask that you take a close look at all of the candidates and see who really listens to you, the citizens of Leavenworth, and pays attention to what you have to say. Who truly looks after your interests and not their own agendas? Who answers your questions and tries to keep you informed on city events and issues?
If you have no personal experiences with any of the candidates or do not know them personally, then look up their Facebook pages, google their names, ask friends, family, co-workers, etc., if they have personal experiences with any candidates. Think about the issues you are most concerned with and see how the candidates voted on those issues. Contact them personally.
This is the part where I’m expected to boast about myself, my voting record, and plead for your vote. However, I would much rather have you educate yourself on all candidates, myself included, so you can make the best decision for yourselves.
So before going to the polls Tuesday, please take a serious look at all the candidates by doing a little research.  I will close by adding two quotes from two very wise individuals, quotes that have always served me well upon entering the voting booth.
“Knowledge, learning and talents are not necessarily connected with sound moral and political principles, and eminent abilities, accompanied with depravity of heart, render the possessor tenfold more dangerous in a community,” wrote Noah Webster.
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost,” wrote John Quincy Adams. God bless, and see you at the polls.
Editor’s note: Charles Raney currently serves on the Leavenworth City Commission.