Political races bring out both the good and the bad in a community. The traditional American process can divide a community and turn mother against daughter, son against father, and neighbor against neighbor. Unfortunately, until we wise up and develop a better process, this is what we have. Runoff races only intensify that division.
The District 5 council seat was proliferated with really great candidates; however the obvious is quite apparent - there can be only one. Many may ask what do I have to profit from my interest, as I live in the county and cannot vote in the city municipal races. Well, allow me to count the ways - I pastor a church which has parishioners primarily from District 5, 6 and 9. I work downtown, and frequent businesses in the aforementioned districts. Although unable to vote due to residency, I am very concerned about the future of District 5.
For many years, I have watched the shifting of resources go to other districts and witnessed the economic apartheid (borrowed from another opinion) run rampant in District 5. The recent loss of the Neighborhood Walmart is one more indication of the lack of focus and support from elected officials regarding the things which really matter. It is alleged that elected officials knew about this closing over a year ago and did nothing to provide the necessary incentives or support to alter this decision as they did with other districts.
It's time to elect someone who has proven commitment, dedication, and integrity to this office. Isiah Hester is that person. As a community activist, Ike has demonstrated his love for District 5 through civic and business development. His history and family involvement to the district proves that this is more than a political race, its a vocation to serve his fellow neighbor. My experience with Ike tells me that he will ask the tough questions and get answers, and speak up for those who can't.
I am asking that you do what I cannot, and vote for Isiah Hester for District 5 City Council. Stronger Families, Stronger Communities
Kenardo K. Curry