Note: Originally published on July 30, 2015.
Elections are almost upon us. While there are many new faces asking for our votes, there problem of deciding whether to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries is quite old. JJ recommends that if one lives in Hinds County, he or she should vote in the Democratic primary next week.
Voters in Madison and Rankin Counties do not face the same dilemma as those in Hinds County. The counties are dominated by Republicans (except for the northern part of Madison County). Sheriff, Supervisor, Representative, Treasurer, Governor and the rest of them- the races are in the Republican primaries with token opposition on the other side. Thus they can go to sleep election night knowingi they were good little voters of the Republican party.
However, Hinds County voters must decide every four years which means more to them- state or local races as the real action is usually in the primaries. This problem is especially acute for Republican voters as the local races affect them more in a personal way but they want to be good Republicans and vote for their candidates for Governor.
Make no mistake, there are many Republican votes ins Hinds County:
August 2, 2011 GOP primary: Nearly 15,000 votes
2012 Presidential election: 27,595 votes
2012 Republican Presidential primary: 14,807 votes
The Democrat votes in 2011 were more telling:
August 2, 2011 Democratic Primary: 30,000-37,000 votes, depending on the election.
2012 Democrat Primary: 23,369 votes
2012 Presidential election: 73,100
Thus there are much more Democrat votes in Hinds County than Republican votes BUT Republican voters can make a difference - in a Democrat primary.
Republican voters face a choice on Tuesday: Should they vote in Democrat or Republican primary?
In other words, do they care more about who manages the MPACT program or do they care more about locking up the guy who breaks into their homes and carjacks their neighbors?
There are several races that affect people in Hinds County directly: Supervisor, Sheriff, and District Attorney. Voters in Belhaven, Fondren, and Clinton 1, and Pinehaven (Clinton) have been served by Darrell McQuirter. The county has been moving in the right direction since he got on the Board of Supervisors. The sweetheart deals were ended. The Byram-Clinton-Bolton corridor project was restarted. Part of the cuts to the Sheriff's budget made by Stokes and Graham were restored. Money was saved in several areas.
The next board will probably be building a new jail and will probably build it downtown. Ask yourself who you trust to build that jail: the current board or the old bunch who screwed up the current jail with their sweetheart deals and payoffs to friends? Who do you think will try to steal the county blind by letting their friends gouge the county for fees if bonds are sold to finance the construction of a new jail - the old bunch or the current board. If you like the fact that the corruption was stopped and the county is moving in the right direction, then you need to vote in the Democrat primary if you live in District 2 and that means voting for Darrell McQuirter. The Stokes-Graham-Stallworth crowd won't like it but they don't think you should have a right to vote anyway and have done everything possible to smear him. If you want to keep your county, then swallow the party pride and stand up for your county and against corruption and incompetence.
Then there is the District Attorney's race. This is the key race when it comes to crime. Crime has plagued Jackson for over twenty years. While certain publishers shriek there is no crime problem, blacks and whites are fleeing Hinds County as they have said enough is enough.
The District Attorney is the number-one crime fighter in Hinds County and Jackson. The Sheriff and JPD can pick up the criminals but it is the District Attorney who must put them away and keep them off the streets. It is the opinion of this website that the District Attorney has failed Jackson and the rest of Hinds County. Leaders lead and failures blame. The current District Attorney has become real good at blaming others. Even more pitiful is the fact that law enforcement hopes every time there is an arrest that there is a connection between the suspect and the 20th district so Michael Guest can revoke his bond.
If you are happy with the level of crime in Jackson, then vote either in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary for the incumbent. I refuse to believe that there is nothing that can be done about the crime in Jackson and neither should you. It is time for voters in Jackson to quit wringing their hands about crime while making bashing Jackson on Facebook and actually do something about it. That means swallowing your damn party pride and voting in the Democratic primary on August 4. That also means voting for Stanley Alexander for District Attorney. We can fix the crime problem but only if we say enough is enough and go to the polls.
So which means more to you: Doing something about the crime and corruption in your city and county or casting meaningless votes for Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture? Do you want the Bennie and David Archie crowd making crime worse or have you had enough and want to fight back? The African-Americans who stand up to them are smeared and called Uncle Toms. Surely if they can up to that crowd, you can stand with them as well.
The election results don't lie and there are more than enough Republican votes in Hinds County to make a difference in key races next week. If you stay home or vote in the GOP primary, don't complain about the crime in Jackson and damn sure don't complain about them because when it was time to be counted, you sat down.
Monday, August 3, 2015
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