I know that if you want to be elected for something, be it class president, city council, or president of the country, you need to get your name out there and on everyone’s lips, but I find the numerous signs that appear whenever there is going to a vote as an eye sore and an annoyance. The bigger the sign, there less chance that I am actually going to care enough to vote for you. Surely if you need to become known to the voting public, you need to be seen, heard, and understood. To me, signs just look like someone is selling a house, rather than selling an idea, a philosophy or a statement.
I appreciate that, with voter turnout being low, you need to use every trick in the book, but surely this should be a challenge to politicians to find new ways to become known. The local newspaper, which has a small number of subscribers, is the traditional way, appearing on TV, the same. Why not host discussions on Facebook, or on this website, where people who care, and want St. Thomas to thrive and become a successful city can ask important questions and get answers.
All I know is that if I heard that someone who was running for an elected position, choose rather than put up hundreds of signs, actually did something good with the money, like donation to animal aide, the food bank, or something else rather than signs that are used for a couple of months and then discarded or kept until the next big vote, they would be more certain of getting my vote than otherwise.
This is the first year that I have become interested in the local politics to think about what people are saying, but, as with so many things in St. Thomas, you need to go to each individual website to find out what people are standing for. This is a shame because if people can’t be bothered to vote, they aren’t going to be bothered to go to several different websites to find out who thinks what. Another reason why a central site, such as Opinions, might offer both a better soap box for those in the running and also may get their message out to more people.