All Politics is Local. Go Vote.

Pittsburgh - 3-1-2012 (1)


As it tends to do, our dinner table discussion turned political tonight. Thanks to YouTube and old-fashioned parents who still enjoy reading the print edition of their newspapers, my son B. is smarter about politics than your average 5th grader.

Tomorrow is an important election for Pittsburgh. After what has been a rather interesting (and kinda crowded at times) primary campaign for Mayor, we go to the polls.

Well, not we exactly. We’re in the suburbs, so we don’t have a direct say in this contest. B. however, has been following this race closely and has a definite favorite candidate. (He’s endorsing Bill Peduto, in case you’re interested.) When I asked him if he was planning to wear his campaign button to school tomorrow, he looked at me perplexed.

“But we can’t vote tomorrow,” he said, meaning voting in the geographical (not chronological) sense.

“No,” I acknowledged. “That’s true, we can’t. Not in the Mayor for Pittsburgh race. But we can care about and find out more about the issues they stand for because they affect all of us. What happens in Pittsburgh affects the entire community because we like to go into Pittsburgh to do things, right?”

“Like the Pirates? And the Carnegie Science Center? And food?”

“Exactly. And we care about a lot of people who live in Pittsburgh. And we can encourage other people to vote right here in our little town for our local elections. So, maybe wearing your button might remind them.”

He shrugged. (These days,the half-hearted shrug is something I’m getting used to.) Still, I think he got it.

So. No matter how small or how local, if you have an election tomorrow, your voice matters. Make it be heard. Make it be counted.


photo taken by me, Pittsburgh, March 1, 2012

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