Publisher’s Note: Be an informed voter

Be an informed voter

By Ronda Watson Barber


Early voting has started.  Those seeking elected office are out canvassing and campaigning asking for your vote.  Our votes and dollars have power.  Use it wisely.  Ask questions.  Don’t just check a box because someone has an “R” or “D” behind their name or are the endorsed candidate of a political party.

Below is a list of questions that may assist in your voting decision.

  1. What have you done for Black & minority businesses during your career?
  2. What do you promise to do for Black & minority businesses if elected?
  3. What Black & minority business do you regularly purchase products for services from?
  4. Why should Black & minority business owners vote for you?
  5. How important is Black & minority business development to the overall Ohio economy?
  6. Are minority business set-asides and goals in city/county/state government still important and why?
  7. Is the entity you are seeking office, engaged in including Black businesses in its purchasing scheme?
  8. What can the city/county/state do to improve its purchasing with Black & minority businesses?
  9. What should Black & minority owned businesses do to get city/county/state contracts?
  10. Is there anything else, aside from contracting that the city/county/state can do to assist MBE’s?
  11. Who are the major contributors to your campaign?
  12. How do we hold you accountable?

Just my thoughts…RWB

Published in OhioMBE – April 15, 2018 – pdf