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Politics does not have to be like this; we have a choice
by Casey O. Anderson
Apr 27, 2016 | 2062 views | 0 0 comments | 291 291 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A week and a half ago was the County Republican convention where I was elected County Commissioner. Political conventions are emotionally draining and psychologically stressful. Our county, albeit to a much lesser degree, mimics some of the divisiveness and tension seen at the national level. I believe this is the largest reason for our abyssal participation rates in voting.

Saturday night after convention, I was speaking to my wife, and we discussed how we were looking forward to church more than ever. Politics had drained us and church would rejuvenate. We love church and the great joy and feeling of welcome that we receive. We love each other, care for one another, and want everyone to succeed. It’s the same with our families, co-workers, students, or civic organizations.

Why is politics different? It does not have to be this way. We can make a difference and bring our community back together for the betterment of future generations.

This is the reason why I was asked to run and ultimately decided to file for county commissioner. The problems we face are not political problems based on issues. The problems we have are regarding trust and respect. For some reason, in politics, these attributes are lacking. I’m committed to doing everything I can to bring our community back together, but I need your help.

When you hear personal attacks or questioning motivations, that negativity must be eliminated because if it a cancer to our community.

In politics you typically have multiple candidates running for the same position and due to time constraints, candidates are forced to target first their base voters and then swing voters, completely ignoring others. This is one factor that plays a role in the “us versus them” mentality. Candidates need more time with voters and voters need more time with candidates. We need more people engaged and involved, but more importantly we need to be positive about who and what we’re for, rather than what we are against.

I made my choice. Somebody reached out in a genuine act of kindness and I’m paying it forward. The worst thing you can do when somebody is trying to shake your hand is pull away and turn your back. I love Iron County. We have so many beautiful things to offer the world.

Politics has put a small black mark on a community full of light. I realize that in the past, I played a role in that. My role was also unintentional and indirect, a result of the system. Now we move forward together in a positive direction where everybody has a voice and anybody can make a difference.

Join the Facebook group Casey O. Anderson Iron County Commission, which is the venue I will use to seek ideas, suggestions, and take questions. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve you in this capacity and promise to give everything I can to making Iron County work again.

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