Wednesday will be a good day for us all. My annoying ads will be gone. There will be no runoff, at least for MS-37. We can start clearing the roadways of our trash. (The candidates are tired of looking at the signs too!) And best of all, there will be a good man, one or the other, representing us and trying his best to fill the shoes of a godly champion that we all love and miss.
I could use my closing remarks to tell everyone where I stand on the issues, but I have been doing that from the beginning. Everyone knows where I stand, and those who do not can check davidchism.com.
Instead, I would like to share what I have learned on the trail. Campaigning has never been natural to me. I don’t like small talk. I don’t like talking about myself. I gravitate toward complicated and often controversial issues. For people who like to chat and don’t care for opinion-havers, this creates a liability for me.
Add to that our splintered political landscape. Many are withdrawn. Political conversations are touchy. People are broke and angry about it. They feel lied to, and don’t know who to trust. Enter me, telling them my brilliant plans to eliminate the waste, fraud, and abuse of public funds. I had one guy spit his cigarette to the ground so he could get out a deep belly laugh. I hope he feels better.
I get it. There are 122 representatives in that lower chamber. One rookie from Lowndes won’t be able to fix Mississippi. It takes consensus, driven by much time and dedication.
I do, however, pride myself for being at the forefront of conversations. Two years ago I made access to rural broadband a central campaign issue. A few weeks in, my opponents started championing rural broadband. Good.
Fast forward. I received Andy’s mailer today. Having listened attentively to my first big speech this year, Andy suddenly wants to make trade schools cool again. Good. I was even amused to see myself in the background of one of his photos.
I smiled. Political platforms can’t be copyrighted. They say competing candidates make for better candidates. I’ve learned a thing or two from Andy, as I did from Lynn. Iron sharpens iron.
I would like to do the same thing in Jackson. Let some fresh ideas echo through the walls of the capitol. I don’t care who gets the credit for them. We just need positive change.
If you’re undecided, give me a shot. The ballots are secret for good reason. Pray for both of us. We need it. Mississippi wins either way.
David M. Chism, Lowndes County
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