Plea For A Civilized Election

Sunday, September 9, 2018

I think I am privileged as an United States citizen and a registered Tennessee voter to have the opportunity to have an avenue to air my opinions. I just want to make a few observations about our upcoming state elections.

I am pleading with the candidates for governor, U..S senator and any and all local persons running for office to refrain from negative ads. I was ashamed at the previous primaries and how those running for office continuously promoted ads defaming their opponents.

In the governors primary race Diane Black and Randy Boyd spent untold dollars trying to tell voters how sorry their prospective opponents were without really ever explaining their visions and goals for our state. I was impressed how Bill Lee worked to stay above the fray and continued to show us what his vision was for the state of Tennessee. And, after being way back in the pack emerged as the front runner and winner of his primary.

Now we have Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn beginning to do the same things. It may be political PACS that are airing the commercials but I am sure it is with their blessings. I think Mrs. Blackburn was a good representative and Mr. Bredesen was a good governor but we may never know what we are looking for in our next senator if all we hear is how sorry and crooked the other one is.

We may be only one of 50 states that could be considered proud of how our candidates represent their visions and goals for our state without resorting to negative ads and without knowing how close they are to the president or how well they did in their previous positions. If I could have conversations with each of them I would ask them to forget about the past and want to know what their passions and dreams are for our great state.

We need to forget what our political affiliations are and know what our candidates are willing to fight for and ignore the "he said, she said" dirty ads. I consider myself an independent voter and don't want to be tied to a political party and just vote for the individual who I feel will represent our state to the best of their ability. I sorely hope you will understand my message and embrace my way of thinking.

Clifton W. Duggan


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