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Candidates must visit our community

We’re glad to see some candidates for state office taking the opportunity open to them to tap into a vast and untapped well of voters by stopping in Ennis and speaking with interested members of the public.
It is too important for the health of state government, as well as local government, for our elected officials to involve themselves in our community on some level and put in face time with us for them to skip over a community like Ennis without the opportunity for media coverage or public involvement.

Private fundraisers and campaign stops, for example, are all well and good, but they do little to help individuals in the voting public to understand a candidate’s platform, positions or opinions on the issues that matter to us moving into an election cycle. And with a governor’s primary election for both parties coming just around the corner in the new year, we would expect to see the names and faces associated with both parties making efforts to come to our area and be open to interviews and questions.

Such was not the case Tuesday, when Gov. Rick Perry held a closed-to-the-public event in Waxahachie, where the media were not allowed in for coverage or questions. That was a mistake.

Even just outside of the shadow of Dallas-Fort Worth, it can feel like Ennis is not on the political map for state elected officials when there is not any effort to connect with us. That’s a mistake on many levels, and one that some candidates have already recognized and begun to capitalize on.

Others would be wise to recognize that as powerful as the larger metropolitan areas in this state are in the end, the power of rural communities and smaller cities is the power of the united front — especially when a candidate makes the trek to the far reaches of a state to share thoughts and plans.

As we near the primaries in March, we want to shine more and more light on the gubernatorial race. Not all are happy with the way state government has operated in recent years, and for those who are, there are still unanswered questions that a little face time could help to address.

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