Elect candidates like McMurray who promote decency, embrace science

Posted 2 November 2020 at 1:32 pm


This election week, thank you to the writers of the United States Constitution, seeking to “secure the blessings of liberty” for us, seeking to “form a more perfect union” and seeking to “promote the general welfare.”

Due to their effort, we have a system of governance designed to evolve as we try to be more perfect, as we try to be more caring, as we work to count our blessings (and votes) in challenging circumstances.

Thanks to the foresight of those writers (and much strife) women are now voting. Thanks to their foresight, we have developed a system of secret ballots for citizens, and there is no need to declare publicly our candidate of choice. Every vote counts.

Among leaders, though, we need organization among those with ideas. We need capability to come together openly and peaceably. We have a process for political parties to be recognized by the state.

From many ideas come a few good ones. For a county neighbor to declare in print that “a politician that loves this country would never ever belong to the Democrat Party” and to make assumptions about someone who has served her community in democratic leadership for 50 years is divisive in a time when we need to be unifying.

Not only the highest office in the land is at stake this week. Among those still to fill in ballots, please consider the values of your congressional candidate choices. My suggestion, Nate McMurray, who traveled to Orleans County, smallest population in the district, to meet even more of his future, multi-partisan constituents with only 6 days of voting left.

Nate McMurray, a candidate promoting dignity, decency, kindness, science, and most of all, a candidate deliberately seeking to serve and find common ground among all in his constituency, regardless of political affiliation.

Beth Wood