Wow, I can hardly believe it!
The long awaited 2008 General Election of next Tuesday is rapidly approaching. I readily confess it's an exciting time to be a journalist because this election promises some very fascinating stories to write.
One of the biggest, of course, will focus on who will become our next president. And with surety I say that the next president will either be Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain.
Like many Americans, I have followed this particular political campaign with great interest, because I realize that whoever wins that history will be made. America shall have either its first African-American president or a woman vice-president.
I have covered many elections through the years, but this year's election is a special one. For so much is at stake - not just for the candidates running for office on a national level, but those running for local school board seats in McDuffie and Warren counties.
It is imperative that we elect persons that we feel will do the best job for us - the people whom they pledge to serve with honor, trust and dignity while in office.
I'm very proud to be an American - especially during election years. I enjoy it because I'm so grateful that I live in a country where we, as free people, are allowed the democracy to vote for the person we choose to become our government leaders. That's really special and something I've never taken lightly nor will I ever.
I look forward to going to the McDuffie County Elections Office and casting my vote for the candidates that I believe will serve us the best later this week. Yes, I'm going to take advantage of early voting, like more than 3,000 other McDuffie Countians have done of late.
I'd also like to applaud the many volunteers who have stepped forward this year in McDuffie and Warren counties to register new voters. There's no doubt about it, this year's election is an important one, but I believe we should think of every election as being important.
Our jobs as voters should be to educate ourselves as much as possible about each candidate and then make a conscious decision as to who best fits our ideal candidate. We should never vote for any candidate without knowing something about them.
Locally, there are some very qualified men and women seeking seats on the McDuffie County Board of Education and I invite each of you to read the profiles of those candidates in The Mirror, if you haven't already done so. My colleague, Lynn Davidson, has done an outstanding job during the past three weeks to inform our readers of who these candidates are and a little about them personally, as well as their platforms.