The primary elections are over.

I have the utmost respect for anyone that runs for public office. It is a thankless job. These men and women spend months away from their families and normal lives campaigning. Holding a public office is a very hard job.

You will never make everyone happy and you are faced with making difficult decisions. This election, along with others, can sometimes bring out the worst in people. I do love politics, but I do not love the mudslinging and hatred that comes along with it.

People tend to show their bad side when it comes to politics. We are put into these parties and categories and lines can’t be crossed. I don’t know why it has to be that way. Why can’t we just vote for the better person?

I wish candidates would say, “Vote for me because I will make these changes and not throw stones at the other person.” I just hate to see such a divide in our community during elections. These people and their families have feelings. Many of these positions have low compensation, and as I said before, are thankless jobs. I would love to see there be no parties and every candidate run on their own platform.

No two people have the same beliefs on everything, and they shouldn’t be pressured by supporters to stand for certain issues that they don’t believe in. That’s just my two cents. I feel that candidates should be able to run on their own beliefs and voters should be able to vote for whomever they want.

While I am on my soapbox, I am pleased that the ad valorem school tax passed, but very disappointed at how many people voted against it. We, along with school officials, worked hard to inform the public on how important these funds are to our schools.

On three of the amendments, more than 3,000 people voted against the taxation. I was so shocked by those numbers. We all have different political beliefs, but we all benefit from our schools. Whether you have children in school or not, a school is the heart of any community and it needs our support. Thanks to everyone that voted to support our schools. I know our local children will benefit from it.

Tricia Clinton-Dunne is president and publisher of the Times-Journal. Her column appears in the paper’s weekend edition. Email: tclinton@times-journal.com.

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