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One more appeal for your vote How many times, as a married couple supporting opposing candidates, you’ve said to your spouse, “There’s no point voting. Your vote will cancel mine out.” How often have you been discouraged about the time it takes to read through the many thick, election material pamphlets, find your Laurie Fagen polling place, drive over there, wait in line, only to cast a single ballot Photo by that you think will have no impact? LightRainImages.com I’ve always felt, and still do, that it is my privilege, my right and my duty to vote. Here are a few examples of how your vote does indeed count. According to archives.gov, in 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected president by one vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the Electoral College. One vote really did make a difference in elections to the U.S. House of Representatives, according to newsblaze.com, which says in 1829, in Kentucky, Nicholas Coleman defeated Adam Beatty 2,520 to 2,519. In 1847 in Indiana, George G. Dunn defeated David M. Dobson 7,455 to 7,454. In 1847 in Virginia, Thomas S. Flournoy defeated his opponent 650 to 649. In 1854 in Illinois, James C. Allen defeated William B. Archer 8,452 to 8,451. In 1882 in Virginia, Robert M. Mayo defeated George T. Garrison 10,505 to 10,504. Okay, so that was a long time ago. But in 1948, there were 9,247 voting precincts in Ohio. Harry Truman won the state by just 7,107 votes. “Had just one Truman voter in each precinct voted for (Thomas) Dewey or had one Truman voter in each district decided to stay home and not vote, Dewey would have won the state and its 25 electoral votes.” So, you want more recent stats? In this year’s August primary for three Chandler City Council seats, Jack Sellers received 12,016 votes. He only needed 298 more to win a majority and get a seat without having to go through the general election as well. It makes the act of casting your ballot even more precious when you figure it wasn’t all that long ago that only men were allowed to vote, and most women were denied that privilege until 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, according to whitehouse.gov. Sure, many of you will say your vote doesn’t count, because the president is not elected by the popular vote, rather by the electoral college. That was the case in the 2000 presidential election, when George W. Bush received fewer popular votes than Albert Gore Jr., but received a majority of electoral votes. But don’t let that keep you from the polls on Nov. 6. I’ve been voting since I turned 18, and have not missed a general election. Before the days of the early ballots, I remember always seeing my neighbors working at my local polling place, and feeling a proud camaraderie between us. Now, it’s easy to pour over the early ballot on my kitchen table, surrounded by all the information I collect about the issues and the candidates, and make my decisions in a leisurely and thoughtful basis. Maricopa County even picks up the postage to mail my ballot. Yet, many people who don’t bother to take part in elections are often the first to complain about their elected officials or how government works – or doesn’t. A recent CNN report places my mother’s home state of Hawaii at the bottom when it comes to Election Day turnout. So the islanders have launched a new campaign that is appropriate anywhere: “No vote, no grumble.” Please vote Nov. 6.

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Bruno sets record straight

It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of the East Valley as their representative on the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board. Many people are unaware of the vital role that the District (mihs.org) and its system of hospitals and clinics play in the Valley. Our Board is charged with ultimate responsibility for clinical quality, fiscal stability, research integrity and training excellence. When in 2005 took the Health System (MIHS) over from the County, we faced serious physical plant problems, virtually no cash and consultants running the place. It has taken much hard work and sacrifice to restore the system to fiscal health and stable leadership. We are also very proud of The Arizona Burn Center, our Children’s Hospital and our Level 1 Trauma Services. We train more than 200 physicians in our 10 residency programs. Most of them will ultimately settle in Arizona. I am running for re-election and seek your vote but must set the record straight. A group led by a downtown Phoenix developer is working against me. Their principal complaint is that I would not support rushing a $950,000,000 general obligation bond onto the ballot. Our medical center is quite old and may be in need of replacement, but I refuse to vote for such a huge project until I am comfortable that the long term strategy is well thought out. We must have a comprehensive financial plan and firm commitments from our partners the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County and the U of A College of Medicine – none of which were in place when this was sprung on us shortly before the ballot deadline. So I voted against a November 2012 election although I do support organizing a citizens committee to provide transparency and to help us consider this issue for the future. I stand on my record and commitment to you: my neighbors, the doctors and nurses in training, our patients and the professionals and staff that are so dedicated to serve. Please check me out at www.bilbruno.com or call me if you have any questions. I would be honored to receive your vote. Thank you. William (Bil) Bruno, Chandler, candidate for re-election, Board of Directors, District One, Maricopa County Special Health Care District

Taylor wants your vote

The past three years, I have talked with hundreds of residents all over Chandler. While we are all united as Chandler residents, each part of the city has a different set of concerns. Understanding that is key for anyone wanting to serve on city council. My goals are to continue to fund new and improve old streets in all parts of Chandler. Public safety should always be a priority. I will Scott Taylor work hard and focus on older neighborhoods and intersections in the aging parts of north Chandler. I would support more private sector recreational amenities, such as a fullscale water park at Santan Loop 202 Freeway and McQueen Road … somewhere to take the grandkids and kids. I’m confident with the right work ethic and leadership these things can happen. I am asking for your vote by mail or on Nov 6. Scott Taylor, Canyon Oaks, Chandler City Council candidate

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A voice for teachers needed I was going through my early ballot last weekend, doing my due diligence on the upcoming election. I was trying to become more informed on the issues in order to make a knowledgeable decision. I feel I am a reasonably well-informed member of our community. However, something struck me. For the office of County Superintendent of Schools, a well-respected and experienced gentleman named Don Covey is the incumbent. He appears to deserve his position, and, from most accounts on his website, he is doing a fine job. He is also running unopposed. As a teacher in Chandler for over 12 years, I have seen many changes in education, both in how we teach and how we assess student progress. Legislators continue to pass requirements telling teachers how to teach and what to teach. I understand that there needs to be accountability for all teachers. I believe teachers want that too. However, I have also seen the frustration level in teachers increase dramatically recently, to the point that great teachers are leaving the profession, frustrated with the system. I’d like to see at least part of that system change. So, as I looked at my ballot, I decided I did not want to support the incumbent candidate for County Superintendent of Schools. I also did not want to forfeit my vote. Therefore, I wrote in my own name. I am encouraging other teachers and parents to do the same. I know I will never have enough votes to defeat Covey. Perhaps in the next election, I may even be a candidate myself for an office. However, a few write-in votes for me could give teachers optimism that is sorely needed at this time. It could remind all of us that teachers should have a voice in this process as well. Kevin Rolfe, Traditions at Avalon

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Yarbrough nets quality jobs Maximum transparency from Yarbrough Sen. Steve Yarbrough’s effort to support quality job creation in Arizona is enough to earn my vote. I especially appreciate all his efforts to facilitate the growth of Intel in Chandler, his excellent working relationship with the leadership of Chandler and Gilbert as well as his well-earned respect from job creators, both large and small. Glen Dueck, 85226

We checked the websites for Bill Gates, candidate for Senate District 17, and Sen. Steve Yarbrough, candidate for reelection. Gates’ was of modest utility. Yarbrough’s contained a thorough discussion of his personal history, his position on the really

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Scott Taylor represents what the City of Chandler was founded on: community, building small business, not big government, and using our tax dollars wisely. As a Chandler native, I have seen this community build, grow and succeed. Scott Taylor is committed to Chandler growth and success while fiscally responsible to residents. Even the smallest residents. I run a Young Republicans Club at my kids’ school and Taylor took time out to come to share with the children why voting is important. He also explained kids can make a difference in our community as well. He is reaching forward into our community’s future to make an impact and is the right candidate for Chandler. Jennifer Barnum Murphree, Circle G

As an Arizona native and local small business owner, I wish to share my thoughts with you about Scott Taylor, candidate for Chandler City Council. It has been a pleasure to get to know Scott and his family over this last year. Scott’s passion for the continued development of the City of Chandler is deep and sincere. He brings conservative core values to everything he does; business, family and community. His level of commitment matches his deep level of integrity. Scott is a trusted individual that will not only deliver what he promises but has shown, time and time again, his desire to serve our community above his self-interests. In these economic times, we need leaders that have strong business acumen. Leaders that

important issues of the day, and a detailed accounting of his remarkable voting record over the past 10 years during which he has never been absent. This is what we would call maximum transparency. Yarbrough will get two votes from this household. Loren and Rachel Rugen, 85286

understand what it takes to build a strong foundation for success. Scott is committed to growing the City of Chandler’s ability to attract more companies, which in turn will create more jobs. He acknowledges the City of Chandler is already a wellrunning city and has expressed his intention to further develop opportunities for Chandler to excel in economic development. Chandler has all of the characteristics to attract the relocation of out-of-state businesses. Scott is the candidate of choice who will dedicate his efforts to making sure every Chandler resident and business owner will be proud to call Chandler home. Pamela Waldberg, 85226, owner of Bright Green Systems

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