Take the time to get involved with local political parties – it matters

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Why should anyone attend a local political convention?

Well, the answer is simpler than you might think. The old adage goes, “All politics is local.” And that is at least half-true. Politics certainly begins on the local level. For this reason, I encourage all Nash County residents, regardless of political affiliation, to attend one of the upcoming political conventions.

A lot of voters shun the idea of getting involved with a political party. I understand the hesitation, but honestly, it is largely misplaced. You may not like the actions of Super PACs, the RNC, or the DCCC, but you shouldn’t let that stop you. While the folks we send to Washington and Raleigh enact policies or taxes that affect our lives, the truth is that our sheriff, county commissioners, judges, city council and school board regularly make decisions that directly affect our community.

I believe voting is a civic duty. And sure, not everyone has the time to do much more than that. But if you are tired of going to the ballot box and voting for “the lesser of two evils” or worse, candidates you are completely unfamiliar with, it is time for you to get involved. As a citizen and local resident, you might have the opportunity to vote a few times per year. As a member of a political party, even on the local level, I have the opportunity to vote and influence matters of consequence on a monthly basis.

Remember, the local officials whose decisions and actions have such a direct impact on us are elected by a small number of people. As a member of the local community, your influence could help determine which candidate is elected or how an official may vote on an important issue.

I’ve not met many people who are unwilling to criticize government and politics. But one of the things that I have learned is that it is easy to criticize things and often much harder to do them. In any case, this is an invitation to come and see what it is all about. The Democrats will host a convention on Feb. 20 and Republicans will host Gov. Pat McCrory on March 2. Both conventions will be held in Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College.

Make the time. It matters.

JOSH WESTER

Rocky Mount