"But if it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by...any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward [district], it is a belief against all experience." --Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

VOTE Today: Nov. 3, 2015

VOTE TUESDAY (today)  in your municipal elections and on the Proposition 1, transportation tax increase. 
Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm.
Many people do not vote in municipal elections, and yet, these elections have the greatest potential to impact us on a day-to-day basis.  Please become informed and involved on a local level, and come out to vote. 
John Adams said,  "Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it."  Let's make sure that Mr. Adams doesn't feel the need to 'repent in heaven' for giving us this amazing opportunity for self-government.

 Additional thoughts from Rod Mann, Highland City Council, on selecting candidates.  http://mannkindperspectives.blogspot.com/2015/11/selecting-candidates-for-office.html#more
I will be voting NO on Prop 1.  40% of the tax revenue will go to subsidize UTA.  UTA has been repeatedly criticized by the State Auditor's Office for fiscal mismanagement.  Despite anything else, it is foolhardy to send good money after bad by giving additional funding to an entity (UTA) that has shown little ability to manage the precious taxpayer resources it already manages.  If we are willing to essentially 'bail out' UTA for fiscal mismanagement, this sends the wrong message to our elected officials and other bureaucrats: "Spend our money poorly, and we'll still keep giving you more." 
CEDAR HILLS CITY ELECTIONS: http://www.cedarhills.org/node/4021
For those of you in Highland, we have 4 men of good character running for three city council seats.  You may vote for up to three candidates, but you can submit a ballot with only 1 or 2 candidates selected. http://www.highlandcity.org/index.aspx?nid=431

I will be supporting Tim Irwin and Tim Heyrend. 

Mr. Irwin (http://votetimirwin.com/) is an incumbent with a record that matches my principles.  He has been firm in working to pay down our debt and cut expenditures that don't meet the high standard of what funding should we appropriately force from our neighbors.  While firmly focused on safety issues, he is clear that the debt pay-off must be a major priority.  Every year, Mr. Irwin has gone through the city budget, line by line, looking for things that could be reduced or changed.  For me, an incumbent must earn my vote through their record.  You must give me reasons to vote FOR you, not just keep things 'status quo'.  Unless an incumbent has shown, through their voting record, a consistent match with the principles they espoused (and with which I agree, largely), then my hat tip will always go to a newcomer to public office.  In this case, Mr. Irwin has a record I am pleased with.  He stands on Constitutional principles and his votes match those same principles.  He has "re-earned" my vote.

Mr. Heyrend (  http://heyrend4highland.com/Home/) has a background in and is currently employed as a civil engineer.  His experience will be helpful in dealing with many of the infrastructure issues that we have in the city.  He is committed to paying down our debt and has stated he will focus on cost-saving road repairs to keep our expenditures low while maintaining public safety.  I believe the experience he brings to these issues will be quite valuable.  As my precinct chair, Mr. Heyrend has made efforts to keep our precinct informed of the activities he has been involved in as chair, and has also invited our participation for votes and other important public/community events.  I expect that trend to continue if he is elected. 

The other two candidates are:

Ed Dennis (http://www.eddennis.com/ )
Brian Braithwaite (http://www.brianbraithwaite.com/
Polling Locations:
Highland City Hall ~ 5400 West Civic Center Dr.
•             Precincts: 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8
Highland Community Center ~ 5378 West 10400 North
•             Precincts: 2, 3, 6, 9 and 10
Precinct Maps:

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