I attended a meeting with five people 40 years of age and younger to discuss the possibility of them becoming the new politicians. It was shocking and somewhat disappointing, because some of them suggested I should be a candidate.


Some people would have accepted it as a compliment, but I certainly did not. It bothers me that there is such reluctance among the current generation to become a candidate or help encourage and help some other people, male or female.

The most frequently asked question is “What qualifications does it require to become a candidate?” My lifetime answer is two-fold, first you must have the passion to want to make the kind of positive changes that will have an impact on the overall quality of life for those you see in the mirror. Secondly you need money, organization, name identification, but not necessarily in that order.

Tragically those we have elected White or Black overwhelmingly have served the Democratic Party instead of the people. If you are satisfied with those politicians, particularly at the local level, then just keep your head in the sand, but if you are totally dissatisfied then you have an obligation to be a part of the positive change.

Too few of us truly understand that politics play an integral part of our lives. A politician has decreed that we obtain a birth certificate at birth and a death certificate upon dying, yes from the beginning to the end.

Have you ever thought about running for public office? If not, why not? If we make no attempt to change things, everything remains the same. To those of you who are angry, disgusted, thoroughly dissatisfied with politicians who allegedly serve you, whether you are male or female you must come together and begin to solicit a person whom you believe has the greatest potential to become the able, concerned, compassionate, dedicated public servant you deserve then avail yourself of an opportunity to do something about it.

Kingsley Association needs your financial support today.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)

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