Over the last couple of weeks Iíve had the opportunity to speak with the mayoral candidates in Kennett.
It has been enlightening to say the least.
You couldnít ask for a more diverse group.
We discussed many topics and I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations.
The three concerns that continued to surface among them were jobs, healthcare, and street repair.
I agree and came up with a few more.
Drugs, population retention, and cultivating a culture of poverty.
There are many issues facing Kennett.
Now, we need solutions.
This is an extremely important election.
Kennett is standing on a precipice right now and the next four years must see improvement or it will not bode well for this community.
One thing is for sure.
One mayor cannot fix all these problems.
How much power does a mayor actually have?
Not much really.
They can break a tie in a vote, but I donít believe that has happened in the last few years.
Itís going to take the help of the city council, the county commission, and the community. This election is important because people need to become aware.
I encourage the citizens to get educated on the issues facing our community.
We need to hear your voice.
We need solutions.
If we donít initiate a plan to attract industry and medical facilities then weíre going to see a lot more ďfor saleĒ signs pop up.
The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to bounce back.
I enjoyed meeting all the candidates and I intend to stay optimistic.
Kennett is full of good people.
Weíve lost a lot of things over the last few years. We canít afford to lose much more, especially one of our greatest assets.
See you out there.