Staff Editorial – A message to Mason voters

Dear Mason voters, we’re proud of you. 

Despite this being a non-presidential election year, you showed up. Despite your views on the city, you showed up. Despite your obligations, you still showed up.

This year, Mason had some of the highest voter turnouts in the area. 

Our city has indeed been through a lot lately. Aside from our local elections, Mason has made national headlines. 

Despite all the political slander that has gone on within these past few weeks, our community has persisted. 

As a community, we elected those we believed in. We chose leaders who we thought would handle initiative with care instead of recklessness. We stepped outside of our political boundaries to understand that political power lies within rationale, not a party. 

This election season, Mason voters chose to stand behind reason. We immersed ourselves into our city’s politics and asked our leaders questions. Those who responded were the ones we stood behind.

So much more lies ahead of the City of Mason. We are an up-and-coming community that is rich in potential. The city council’s job is to further Mason’s enriching community, to help everyone prosper. 

We want to progress and we are tired of going back in time. 

As students, we cannot help but question everything. A few weeks ago, we were in a position where we truly had to question our council members’ intentions.

And that’s a position we never want to be in again. 

This isn’t a matter of whether someone leans left or right. This is about standing up. And you, Mason voters, you stood up. 

Keep it going. Keep taking perspective into account and keep voting with empathy. We all want what is best for this city. 

The city council can enact all the bans they want, but it did not stop the sea of voters in Mason this year. And we don’t foresee it stopping voters in the future either.

As voters, you have just inspired the youth. You’ve motivated us to do what our government teachers preach– to get involved in our local politics regardless of our stances or ages. 

We attend the council meetings and speak at them. We read the agendas. We create clubs dedicated to immersing ourselves in local government. We even volunteer at polling locations. And when we reach age 18, we will be ready to vote.