Let the flood gates open as election season upon us

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Our Views

  There is probably no time that politics are not part of the governmental scene.

If you trust the social media, the candidates are starting to come out of the woodwork.

For months, incumbent sheriff David Greenwell has seen where former sheriff Donnie Tinnell is running. They would face off in a Republican primary as the current Lebanon Junction police chief has changed to the GOP.

And we have now seen that Tony Thompson has officially announced that he is running for the office of county judge/executive in the Democratic field.

It is very early but the lobbying has already started.

How about a few ground rules before things get too hot and heavy?

Let us hope that the candidates will talk about what they will do for their particular city or county office.

We’re not interested in bashing the current officeholder. Lets see if you can talk about what you are going to do to make your community a better place to live and to work.

Let us hope that the candidates will observe sign ordinances that are in place. And when the races are over, go out and pick them up.

We know it won’t happen in races at the top of the statewide ticket but wouldn’t it be nice to talk about the individual races. We really don’t care about what happens in the White House.

We want to know what our congressional leaders and our state legislators plan to do for our community. We know that won’t happen because the negative advertising on all sides has already begun in the U.S. Senate race.

It is encouraging that people want to get involved in government. We need more people to do just that.

We need people to run for the right reasons. That has never been a problem in Bullitt County. Those who run want to make a positive difference.

Positive campaigns are difficult to run, especially if you are not the incumbent. Most people say they don’t listen to negative ads. At the same time, few people watch a NASCAR race without looking forward to a few good crashes.

Bad news sells. Negative advertising gains attention and votes.

We get that. But it will be a long time before the primary elections. There is plenty of time to get out the positive messages.

The people of Bullitt County need to know what you, the candidate, is going to do to make this a better place to live and to work. We want to listen to that message. It is your job to get it out to the public.