It's that season of the year when lawn signs are sprouting as surely as flowers in the spring; elections are just around the corner. And so today we bring you a Civic Duty Friday Five.
1) How old were you when you voted for the first time?
hmmm... I think I was 20. I was in college and I voted by absentee ballot so I could weigh in on my home state's issues.
2) What was the contest at the top of the ballot?
It was Bush/Quayle vs. Clinton/Gore. I voted wrong, but I'll let you wonder in what way!
3) Can you walk to your polling place?
We just moved into a new house not long ago, so I haven't yet voted at our new polling place. Distance-wise, I think I could, but I would have to cross a very busy street to get there. Since I almost always have one of my children with me, it probably wouldn't be wise.
4) Have you ever run for public office?
No, thank you!
5) Have you run for office in a club or school or on a board?
Oh my gosh, I have run for sooo many offices, especially when I was a kid. Let's see, in Junior High I ran for home room representative in 7th grade, but lost. In 9th grade, I was Student Body Presidentof my Jr. High and Captain of the 9th grade cheerleading squad. In High School I ran for Vice-President of the Sophomore class, but lost. I did win the races for Junior class Secretary and Thespian Vice-President the next year. I was also elected to my then denomination's national youth planning committee and as President of my state's youth ministry. My Senior year I was Thespian President. Geez... no wonder I never got my homework done!
In college, I was elected Junior class rep to the Student Senate and then Senate Chairperson the next year. I was also Vice-President of Alpha Psi Omega- the drama honor society.
I think I got all of that out of my system, as I have not run (nor do I intend to ever run) for office again.