Here in East Dallas, we take pride in our civic duties, as we are known as one of the areas with the best voter turnout in the county. In addition, we usually have competitive, fair, and close races that help produce the best candidates possible.
Unfortunately for those who are civic-minded yet have daytime employment, candidates usually hold their meet-and-greet events when the rest of us are at work.
Neighbor Chu Smee, a financial analyst, is running for county commissioner and has a number of "Smee Sessions" coming up, where potential constituents can ask questions and get to know the candidate. Unfortunately for the working stiffs in East Dallas, each one of these "Sessions" is on a weekday from 10-11 AM or 2-3 PM.
Local resident Gayne Fullie has voted in every election, from School Board to President, since 1976, but is upset with the local candidate. "Who can come to a political event at 10 AM on a Tuesday? I guess she wants to connect with the unemployed or retired. It's ageist!"
"It's like she purposefully chose off-times to avoid the populace," said Pat Ernal. "I am a stay at home dad, and I can't even make it to these things. "
"Would it kill him to give up a weekend or an evening to win this election?" complained Fullie. "People who have jobs vote too."
We attempted to sit down with Smee to ask about the timing of her "Smee Sessions," but she had to cancel due to a prior engagement. We are scheduled to meet with her next week at 3:30 AM. We aren't sure if we can make it.