The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

April 28, 2014

Voters deserve a choice

— When my grandfather, Clarence Deppen of Sunbury, returned home from World War I, he sought to put his skills and talents to use for the public good. He ran for the office of City Controller. He won the post, and was re-elected several times during the Great Depression. Though I never knew him, Clarence Deppen’s record of honorable public service inspires me today.

Since no Democrat filed a nominating petition for the office of State Representative in the 108th Legislative District, I am inviting Democrats to write in my name for the office in the May 20 primary. If I receive 300 write-in votes — the same number of required signatures on a nominating petition — I will represent the party in the November election for this office.

Voters deserve a choice in any election, regardless of the popularity or likeability of the person holding the office. Empty ballots are not a sign of a healthy democracy. Generations of American men and women in uniform did not serve and sacrifice for our republic so that single-candidate elections would become commonplace.

Writing in a candidate’s name in the May 20 primary is an easy process. If you have questions about how to write in a name, ask the workers at your polling place.

Every election is important. Please take the time to exercise this most basic and cherished right of American citizens.

John Deppen,

Northumberland

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