Good morning, folks!

Another gorgeous day . . . What a delight to be enjoying this beautiful weather in late September and early October rather than tracking the course of a hurricane headed to the East Coast from the Caribbean.

I would like to remind everyone who is displaying one of my campaign yard signs that the sign must be on your private property, clear of the public right-of-way. The Town is actively enforcing a Town Code ordinance that prohibits signs from being in the right-of-ways by confiscating any signs that are placed there. If you discover that yours has been removed, please contact me and my campaign team at annsjoe@gmail.com, and we will replace the sign for you.

This week I have been mailing out campaign flyers to as many people as I can across town. I’ve sent out about 500 mailings to a cross-section of voters.

This week’s mailing is intended to substitute for door-to-door campaigning. I am uncomfortable with going door-to-door because I am in daily contact with my 97-year-old mother, and I do not wish to risk being infected by COVID-19—however small the risk may be—even though I am vaccinated, as is my mother. I also am wary of contracting any other viruses.  

I will be sending out a campaign mailer in about two weeks to everyone in town.

I also have been busy this week writing in-depth answers to the League of Women Voters of Dare County’s very thoughtful, probing, and comprehensive questions for Southern Shores Town Council candidates for its Vote411 online voter’s guide. I expect to post my responses to the League’s issues-oriented questions over the weekend and will give you a heads-up when I do.

The questions delve into the Southern Shores economy and environment and ask candidates to explain why they would be the “right person” for the Town Council job, what issues they would like to address, and how they would involve the public more in Town decision-making. I think they’re excellent questions, and I have a lot to say.

The voter’s guide is a fabulous way for you to get to know the candidates, what they stand for, how they think, and how they express themselves in writing. It’s also a fabulous way for candidates like myself to reach out to voters. As both a voter and a candidate, I feel indebted to the League for its voter’s guide and its candidates’ forum.

As you probably know, the League was founded shortly after the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution finally gave women the right to vote. Now 101 years old, the League is a non-profit, non-partisan political organization whose primary purpose is to encourage citizens to register to vote and then exercise their right to do so.

The Dare County chapter does a superb job of informing people about candidates, the voting process, and the workings of government. I encourage you to check out its website: Home – League of Women Voters of Dare County (lwvdarenc.org). In bold capital letters at the top of the website homepage are two powerful phrases: EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY. I wholeheartedly agree.

Have a great October weekend, everyone. Thanks for your support!

Warm wishes, Ann

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