I voted yesterday...
It was a small election. A few city council seats and a few school board seats and a vote for a city housing panel. The housing panel vote was easy. It was basically a vote against eminent domain as far as I was concerned and I was pissed at the supremes for what they did in Connecticut!
The city council vote was pretty easy too. I looked at who was an incumbent and who was running against him or her and that's who I voted for to fill the seats. We got rid of two of the old guard, only one managed to keep his job this time around. That's not bad though, two out of three. The big issues here in Virginia Beach are the new assesments on homes and the taxes that go with it and the city's encroachment on NAS Oceana. Our city council has been dropping the ball on these issues for a while now. If the incumbents wanted to get re-elected they should have dealt with the tax issue a long time ago.
City council was a little more difficult, but I looked at a few different things. The biggest thing that got my attention was a list of questions that the local paper had asked all the candidates. One of the questions dealt with the disparity in education with respect to minorities. The people I picked in this election were the ones that said the biggest thing that needs to be done to rectify this disparity issue is get parents involved in their children’s education. That's how I feel about it, so that's who I voted for.
We had a big turn out for the vote yesterday. The last thing I heard on the news last night was we had about 15% of the voters turn out to vote. That's pathetic!