Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Next Tuesday, June 11, registered voters in the City of Georgetown will have a chance to vote for candidates for mayor and three seats on City Council. The Democratic Party primary will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone who is registered to vote in the city may vote in the primary, regardless of party affiliation.
Winners of the Democratic Primary will face Republican candidates on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Whoever is elected mayor of Georgetown and the three open seats on city council will face quite a task.
Georgetown has a long history, but has not fared well in some respects in recent years.
Several controversies and the generally poor economy have sapped the energy and vitality from many people, businesses and political leaders.
Members of Council and the mayor will need to work hard — and work together — to help our city regain its focus on things that will be to the benefit of the community.
Squabbles, bickering and even nasty fights and lawsuits have brought the wrong kind of attention to the City of Georgetown.
Some people have criticized those who have raised their voices in concern.
Wiser heads often realize that it’s necessary to acknowledge a problem before you can find a solution.
The Georgetown Times does not endorse candidates for political office. We encourage each voter to learn all you can about the various candidates — regardless of political party — and vote for the best person for the job.
If you believe the current mayor and members of City Council seeking reelection are the best people for the job and you’re going to vote in the Democratic Party primary, then vote for the incumbents.
On the other hand, if you don’t like the job the incumbent has done then you should vote for another person.
In the Mayor’s race, incumbent Jack Scoville will face Councilman Rudolph Bradley and challenger Marty Tennant.
In the City Council race, incumbents Brendon Barber and Jeanette Ard face challengers Doris Simmons and Henry Hobson Miller for three seats.
When the city’s general election comes around in November, the Democrats who get the most votes next Tuesday will face Republicans.
There will be one Republican incumbent for City Council — Paige Sawyer— and challengers Carol Jayroe and Ed Kimbrough, and Republican candidate for mayor Richard Powers facing the winners of the Democratic primary.
Again, vote for the best person for the job.
The future of the City of Georgetown is in your hands and in the hands of the people you vote for next Tuesday and in November.