Mason School District voters agreed to a $69.7 million bond proposal for building updates, technology and security on a 2,888-2,529 vote Tuesday. The margin was 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent.
Approval followed a 2016 defeat of a larger bond request and came after an educational campaign waged by the district.
On Election Day, people of Mason explained why they vote, as people have since the days of the the American Revolution.
“It’s the American way. We are a democracy,” said Meg and Jeff Campbell, “If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain.”
Mother-daughter duo Hope McElhoney and Penny Sinclair echoed the opinion of the Campbells.
“We came to exercise our right to vote,” said mother Penny, “It is very important to come out and vote and show the young people, that’s you guys.” Her daughter Hope said, “It is an important civic duty we have.”Not only did voters feel it was their civic duty, but what was on the ballot also played a big role. The $69.7 million school bond was a big reason people were coming out and voting. After last year’s rejection of a $79 million proposal, some community members were itching to get another one to pass.
“It is coming out of our pocket,” said Jeff Hatfield, “It is our hard-earned money and we should have a voice in where it goes.”
Charlotte teacher Rachel Huntley said it is people’s responsibility to be informed voters. “I tell my students ‘The only change you can make in the world is if you make your voice heard.’”
Mason schools graduate Cassidy Hass said it was important for people in the community to voice their opinions.
“Being from Mason, I think it’s important. I’ve been out for five years but I still know people in the system. I think of them when I vote.”
One key thing resonated with a few women .
“There was so much hard work put into women’s’ right to vote and I was in protesting in the ’60s. Many women worked hard to exercise this.” said Sinclair.
Suzanne Kelley agreed. “One of my number one reasons to come out is a lot of women went to a lot of trouble just to be able to vote,” Kelley said. “Another is I want to be a good role model to my daughter, who just turned 18. I took her to every election since she was born.”
The people of Mason showed up to vote for reasons each their own. No matter their vote or their reasons, they all care about their community. While everybody has their own ideas of democracy, they all showed up in support for those around them, and what they believed to be the best choices for change. Voting means something different to everybody and that in itself brought them together.