Reasons To Vote

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How committed are you to voting this March 5? 

I know there is more interest in voting for president of the United States than, say, a City Council race. Perhaps municipal elections don’t seem so compelling. But decisions made by city officials have a greater impact on our daily lives than most national decisions.

If you don’t think your vote makes a difference in these local elections, think again. Examples of decisions made on the civic level include such things as: 

Public transit.  Making it possible for more Chattanoogans to get to available jobs, go to school, and improve the quality of our air.

Zoning.  Ensuring that the best options are chosen for neighborhoods and communities, reflecting the needs and desires of residents. 

Reducing waste in local government. Using constituents’ tax dollars in responsible ways, ensuring taxes are kept as low as possible.

Economic development. Working with county, regional, state and national representatives and agencies to continue building a strong economic engine in Chattanooga. 

The person you vote for represents you. And exercising your right to vote continues to be a vital sign that our democracy is healthy and that you care about your city and community. Early voting has now begun, and continues through Feb. 28. The three locations are the Brainerd Recreation Center, 1010 N. Moore Road (10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Saturday), the Election Commission, 700 River Terminal Road (8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday), and Northgate Mall, at the former Shane’s Rib Shack/Pizza Hut, between the main mall entrance and Belk (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.). Please join me in voting now, or turning out on March 5 to help shape the future of our city.

Russell Gilbert City Councilman, District 5



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