Friends & neighbors: let’s talk about local politics for a minute. As a farmer, I’ve spent over a decade teaching people about why local *food* matters (and growing it too! See photos!). The benefits to eating local food are compelling: freshness, flavor, variety, and investment directly in our local economy. When buying local food, your dollar’s local economic impact is bigger.
Your involvement in local politics matters for a similar reason. When voting in local elections, there are literally fewer people voting on an issue or candidate, and *your vote’s impact is bigger.* MUCH BIGGER.
In the 2016 Yamhill County Commissioner race, 24,388 people voted. The winner won with 13,317 votes. Compare those numbers to the presidential election that same year, in which 139 million people voted.
To put this another way, a single vote in the Yamhill County election “counted” 5,700 times as much as a vote in the presidential election. Individual votes in all races matter, but in local races they affect the outcome *significantly* more.
And, by the way, local politics affect your life significantly as well. I posted a few weeks back about what Yamhill County Commissioners actually do, and I invite you to revisit that post. But, the final point is perhaps the most important: Commissioners set the *tone* for the county.
This is huge, and it affects your daily life whether your county commissioners are open to new ideas; are interested in planning for the future; demonstrate respect for all people; and make decisions fairly.
The upcoming May election will decide which two candidates in several races make it to the fall run-off election. There are two County Commissioner positions up for election, and people from all parts of the county can vote for both positions. There is also a county judge position up for election — another important role in our community with direct effects on lives.
I’ve been asking people to eat local food for years, and now I’m asking you to vote local as well! It matters!