Happy Election Day! Going off-topic today to give you a friendly reminder to go out and cast your vote.
Waking up today in my house had the excitement of a holiday with the nervousness of competing in a big sporting event all wrapped into one. My husband, Phil, has had a successful career in politics in several different roles, but this year is the first time the election results directly impact our family. He is the campaign manager for a county wide race in New York, and if his candidate loses, Phil is out of a job as of December 31st. A little stressful as we welcome a new baby into the family at the same time, but we are positive thinkers and despite the outcome of today’s election we will be just fine :).
Even though we’ve missed him a lot these past few months due to his crazy hours, I am really proud of him and so incredibly thankful for how hard he works for our family.
I’m sharing this with you today because I want to stress the importance of voting in all elections and to encourage other women and moms to recognize why it’s so important.
Before I met my husband (read the story of how we met here) I voted in the “big elections” for President or Governor, but didn’t bother to vote in off-year elections, and to be completely honest I probably wouldn’t today if we never met. Now that I’m married to Phil, and have a lot more info at my fingertips, I truly see why it’s extremely important to vote in these elections.
As a mom, local elected officials have the greatest impact on your family and can directly affect your children’s future. It determines if your local taxes will go up, how decisions in your city or town will be made, and how the schools that educate our children will make decisions. I find these to be some of the most important issues and also what I hear most people complaining about. The statement, “My vote won’t matter,” is absolutely not true, especially in local elections as I’ve seen candidates lose by a handful of votes.
No matter where your political affiliations and morals lie, educate yourself on the candidates (local, statewide and national) and go out and vote today. If not, remember you have no right to complain!
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton