Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

Upcoming elections important; officials face tough decisions

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By GARY KEITHWilson County Commissioner 17th District

Already there is much talk about the approaching elections. There will be a General Election for local government offices on Aug. 5, which will also be the election date for Primary Elections and a General Election for statewide, legislative and congressional offices on Nov. 2.

I currently serve as a member of the Wilson County Commission representing the 17th District.

My experience in politics is limited but my life experience in this county is not. I have owned and operated my own business, worked for local government, attended church here, been a avid supporter of public education and frankly have a substantial vested interest in the future of Wilson County.

Never, since I have lived here, have I seen an election more important than the two we are approaching.

As publicly elected officials, we need to be prepared to make some tough decisions about matters that are going to seriously impact Wilson County’s future.

While this list may be lengthy and include ways to attract retail and commercial development, planning for growth, issues related to roads and transportation and other concerns, we must also be aware that Wilson County is at a major crossroads.

It is the second wealthiest county in the state, one of the state’s and region’s fastest growing counties and our county remains to be one of the best connected locations in the south with respect to interstate highways, rail and other transportation assets.

We in government in Wilson County can’t afford at this time to not be attentive to issues that are going to have a lasting impact on our future.

I think the County Commission showed its strength and wisdom Monday night when it voted by a unanimous vote to build the new Lebanon High School. To me this made a strong statement that we on this Commission are committed to education and that local government here places a great value on how education will shape Wilson County in the years to come.

I applaud my fellow members of the County Commission for their vote on this important matter.

When voting later this year, review the candidates, ask questions and be satisfied before you vote that each represents what’s best for Wilson County.

Our future depends on it.

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