In my town, we have a board of commissioners. Nine people are running for five commission seats and the person who gets the most votes is the mayor.
With this being an election year, to introduce the candidates, private citizens have “teas” in their homes where they serve snacks and have a candidate or two talk about themselves and their vision for the town. I have attended two and plan to go to a League of Women Voters round table or whatever they are calling it.
This is the first time I have attended any political interest meetings in town. Why now? I am becoming a one or two issue voter. I want to know how, or if, the candidates are thinking of the future needs of our special needs loved ones.
Statistics can be skewed but if the 1 in 88 statistic for Autism Spectrum Disorder is accurate, and even if it isn’t the rate is still high, we are looking at an epidemic. What is going to happen as this population ages? As their parents age and can’t care for them?
So far, I think I might have one candidate thinking about this, after all, he is a politician. Maybe my being places where I can stir the stagnant pot of the status quo will make a difference (oooo, I like that). g