The General Election is next week on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting runs through Nov. 2 at the Elections office in Jourdanton and JP2 in Lytle. There’s been a large voter turnout and the candidates on the ballot will determine the direction of our country.
For the last few months, I have been discussing the Democratic stance on matters such as healthcare, education, our values, rights and government accountability. It is worth revisiting these policies one final time:
On healthcare: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We need to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act, protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and expand Medicaid to cover more Texans.
On education: We need to increase investment and funding into our teachers, students and public education. No public tax dollar should be spent on private schools. This is important with the proposed school voucher system which will decrease funding into our public schools and hurt our rural communities.
Our values: We are one nation, and this divisive rhetoric needs to stop. We need to focus on what unites us, not divides us. We are a nation of immigrants and we do not separate families.
Our rights: Our rights are enshrined in the Constitution with freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. The press serves we the people, not those in government, and is part of our checks and balances.
Accountability: We need to hold our elected representatives accountable for their actions.
My first opinion for the Pleasanton Express was written in August. The mandate was to provide a weekly platform for both political parties in the run-up to the General Election; educate on the issues and candidates; and encourage people to vote. This is my last editorial opinion and I’m feeling encouraged, hopeful and nostalgic as I’m writing this final piece. I’d like to thank Noel for believing in me and providing a wonderful opportunity to talk with you all. Noel’s commitment to increasing voter participation has been an inspiration. I’d like to thank all of you for reading my weekly column, I have been delighted to receive your emails and comments; you have encouraged me to keep speaking out. Thank you so very much.
I strongly urge you to vote straight Democrat up and down the ballot. Our local, state and national candidates are committed to making our world a better place. It’s time for a change. Go and vote.
JULIE HILBERG is the Atascosa County Democratic Chair and will be writing a weekly opinion on matters that are important to her, the Democratic Party and hopefully you – the voter, as we head into the November elections. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.