Tuesday, September 30, 2008

make a local choice

In the current presidential race, a lot has been said about the need for change in government. Recent events in the economy have sparked even more conversation about the need for change. It is important that we talk about change at a national level, but change does not happen from the top down. Actual change happens at the community level. Change happens because individual citizens get involved with their neighbors to make things happen. 

Dottie's recent post inspired me to do something in my community. I get a bit overwhelmed when I think about how much I need to do to get involved with  my community. First, I have to figure out what community means or who belongs to it. Then I have to figure out what my community needs. And finally comes the action part. But I barely know the names of my two next door neighbors.

As an easy start, I used my Internet search skills to find a website that finds local leaders and positions being contested in the next election cycle. While I work on figuring out my community, at least I can learn about the leaders and make an informed decision on how to vote.

Here's where you can find local leaders:

And here's where you can find who the candidates are in local elections: