February 8, 2012 by Matthew Jones
Hello everyone. My name is Matthew Jones. I’m writing this blog as a way to connect the readers of Observerland to the election cycle spinning our heads until November.
My main purpose for coming on to this exciting project is that the most vital part of our democracy is an informed electorate. In elections past, I — as I’m sure others — have found myself standing there at the voting booth and staring down a list of people I had no earthly idea who they where, what they stood for or even what they looked like.
Our system of government can’t work if people don’t vote, and that when they vote they have no idea for whom they are voting. I will be covering mostly the elections right here in Washington County. The ordinary voter, if asked, would know how the President of the United States is, the VP, their governor, maybe even their Congressman/woman or Senator. Most would not know who their mayor is, the city council, or circuit judge.
Even though most people know national-wide issues and people, it’s the government right down the road that has the most impact on your everyday life. Those are the people that govern what the speed limit is, where that new park should be built, if and when to build a new school or renovate the current ones. These are people who shape the area in which you live more than anyone in DC.
Now a little more about me. I am a senior Political Science major, with emphasis on American Law and Politics, at the University of Arkansas. (Go Hogs!) I was born in Park Forest, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago, and grew up in Plano, Tx., a north suburb of Dallas. I love Washington County and love being here. I too need to get informed about the people running for office here, since I plan on voting in November.
My view on this blog, since I do vote, is to try and keep as neutral as I can. Inform you, the reader, and let you make you own decision. This is not to say I do not have strong political views, like many of you. I just believe that the best of news and politics are the ones that can keep their own personal views off the table and give people the information they need to reach their own decision. Again, thanks for reading and until next time, have a great day!