Darrell Huckaby - 10/28/09

I love adages. Let me throw out a few for you today.

1 - "All politics are local."

2 - "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

3 - "Elections have consequences."

I could go on, but I think these will suit my purpose today.

It has been right at a year since our last big election. You may have heard about that one. It was in all the papers. Barack Obama became president of the United States. He was swept into office on a tide of hope. He had promised change that we could believe in.

How's that working out so far?

And now it is election time again - at least in the city of Conyers. (Hey, if you live in Newton County, now you know how all the Rockdale residents feel when they see "Covington" datelines in their local paper every day. Deal with it.)

Conyers is about to elect a mayor, and the choices are pretty interesting. I do not live in the city of Conyers and cannot vote in the election, but those election results will offer a lot of insight into the mindset of our community - and, more importantly, our community's chances for future prosperity. (Adage 3, please.)

One candidate is the incumbent. He has served the citizens of Conyers for more than 20 years. He is also a longtime resident - like 30 years long - and successful businessman, who has owned and run the same furniture store for - well, I don't know how long he has run his store, but I bought stuff from him when I moved to Conyers 27 years ago. (If any of you Newton readers are still with me, please don't tell Sam Ramsey.)

The other candidate, according to her campaign literature, is a former Olde Town business owner, a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Downtown Merchants Association. That's a lot of formers. She has also, according to public records, declared bankruptcy six times and had one foreclosure.

Oh, yes. She also faced felony charges of forgery and theft by taking up until Monday, when she pleaded guilty to theft by conversion in exchange for probation, plus a fine and restitution.

I'm not making this up, y'all. These really are the two choices that face Conyers voters in Tuesday's election. You wouldn't think there would be any choice, would you?

I was looking at some ads last week extolling the two candidates. In one ad, the current mayor was featured, along with a long list of his record, personal information and accomplishments. His ad talked about financial accountability, public safety, land use planning and economic development. He claimed to be a "proven leader for a positive tomorrow," emphasized his experience, integrity and vision.

The other ad basically featured a picture. That's all. Just a picture - with a checked square underneath and a reminder that the polls were already open. This candidate called herself the "real choice."

There was no mention of a platform. No vision. No agenda. No campaign promises. Just a picture.

Surely we don't make decisions on Election Day based on what a person looks like. If we did Abraham Lincoln would have never been president.

Next Tuesday will be a very interesting Election Day. Let me throw out a few adages that you can take with you to the polling place.

1 - "All politics are local."

2 - "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

3 - "Elections have consequences."

And here's one more. "Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it."