Today is Oct. 14. Yesterday was the start of early voting. I am not going to endorse any candidate or issue. This is not the appropriate venue to express my opinion on any candidate or issues. There are many important decisions the voters will make this election year. Decision which will significantly impact everyone (voters and non-voters) for the rest of our lives. There are selections to make at every level of government starting with our local city council, county, state and the national-level positions. I ask you to not just rely on other people’s personal opinions on the candidates or issues to make your selection. Some of the national level media is very biased towards one candidate or the other. The candidates also spend a lot of money on campaign advertising (ads) to influence voters. Some candidates use negative ads against their opponent. Do your own fact checks. I encourage you to do your own research on the candidates and issues. If possible, at the local level, talk/meet with the candidates get to know him/her. There will be an opportunity to meet the candidates at Atascosa County Candidate Forum at the Pleasanton River Park on Oct. 22, 2020, at 6 p.m.-8 p.m. This is a non-partisan event sponsored by the Pleasanton Express. All candidates that appear on the Atascosa County General Election Ballots are invited to the candidate forum. Do not allow anyone to tell you for whom to vote. It is YOUR vote! Make YOUR decision! Cast YOUR vote wisely!
Atascosa County Judge Hurley recently submitted a request to Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) to lift the wearing of face covering requirement for individuals in Atascosa County. Since the requirement has been lifted, I encourage all who are around large groups of people and especially anyone who is in a high-risk category, to wear a face covering. The positive cases of COVID-19 have dropped significantly in our county, but the virus is still looming around and there is no medical prevention. The best prevention is to practice personal hygiene to prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19 as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please continue to use caution in an effort to prevent the spread and contact of COVID-19.
Aggie Pride Never Dies; Gig’em Aggies.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may email him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.