I am happy to report that at the February Muscogee County Democratic Party general meeting, a resolution was passed to endorse the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Tax (SPLOST) which is up for electoral approval March 17th.  At Monday’s school board meeting, the Muscogee County chapter of the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA), with outgoing president Donna Kemp and president elect Jeanella Pendleton in attendance, also endorsed the SPLOST.   We are in good company and now we ask for your vote and for your support.

The effort for passage of the SPLOST, Yes for Kids!, has a new office located at 1820 Midtown Drive which is behind the Macon Road K-Mart, across the street from the main library.  This week, the office will receive new signs and literature for distribution and there are several opportunities to help the campaign ranging from canvassing, phone banking, sign waving and helping out in the office.  Saturday, February 21st, we will have a canvassing event from 8 AM until lunchtime.  We will begin with breakfast biscuits and lists of neighborhoods to walk.  After canvassing, you are invited to return to the office for hot dogs provided by Cook’s and pizza provided by Papa John’s.  Please drop by, pick up some of our wonderful new signs and literature, have a bite to eat and walk with us and/or walk your own neighborhood.

We hope to have the office open from 10 until 7 each day in order to share literature, signs and information.  Since election day is less than one month away, there is much to be done.  There will be several sign waving opportunities at the City Services Center (CSS), the “Spider Web” and other strategic locations to remind people that early voting begins this Monday, February 23rd and will include two Saturdays before election day which is March 17th.  A group waving event is planned for early Monday morning at the CSS to kick off early voting.  Later that day, you are invited to join us at our open house/kick off event from 5 until 7 PM at the headquarters.  It will be an excellent opportunity to head over to the CSS, cast your vote and join us wearing your Georgia peach I Voted sticker.

Though there is a short window of time to share information and get out the vote for the SPLOST, success is in our hands and I hope you will be able to visit our office and share in our process.  The chance to make our school system the premiere entity our students deserve cannot be taken lightly.  Please do what you are able to ensure that the SPLOST passes and our educators, partners in education and students are able to be the very best they are able to be.

Take care, I hope to see you Saturday and let’s get out this vote!