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Elect politicians who will represent our interests

Tuesday is Election Day and many Americans will be voting for federal, state and local candidates for office. Although not as bitterly contested as the presidential races, the mid-term elections seem to have their own flavor.

Since I began voting in 1996, a lot has changed. Gone are the days when citizens cast their votes with the notion "I am voting for you to represent my interests in government so that you will make and pass laws in the best interest of me and my family."

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Instead, these days it's the politicians running for office who seem to be calling the shots with "you will vote me into office so that I can do as I jolly well please and all I do is in my own best interest!"

In order to get elected, politicians tear down their opponents, never clarify what exactly they would do to address the needs of the citizens (assuming they even care to know what the citizens really want), and exaggerate their qualifications to a gullible public.

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Why have we allowed situation to occur? Because we have all been asleep at the wheel and unwilling to think beyond the lies broadcast in glitzy advertisements and mailings sent us on a daily basis. We have been taken for a ride over and over again.

Why then am I bothering to pen this note instead of letting the chips fall where they may? Because I truly care about the future of me and my family as well as this great country. Although it is hard pressed these days to find politicians with good moral character, at least we do ourselves the favor of vetting candidates for office and to choose the ones who will serve us well for the next four years.

Raj Williams

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