Now that the [recent] debate between the two main presidential candidates is over, those of you still on the fence have to make a choice.
This is what I’m certain of if Hillary Clinton is elected president: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will work hard to help her implement the most progressive Democratic platform ever and that Hillary will be a champion for early childhood education, affordable college education and take on student debt so that every one of our children has the chance to live up to their potential. The next Supreme Court justice nominated by a Democratic president can overturn Citizens United.
This is what I’m certain of if Donald Trump is elected president: He will still be a misogynist and a racist in office. He will dismantle Planned Parenthood, environmental protections and make sure that the next Supreme Court justice will be an extreme conservative who can help overturn Roe v. Wade.
This is what I’m certain of if you vote for a third-party candidate.: Your choice will not have an outcome because they will not win.
You can say your one vote does not matter, but each vote does matter. As the Dalai Lama says, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.”
It is vital you turn out to vote also for your state and local candidates this election and be part of the swarm of mosquitos that can take back our state of North Carolina and repeal HB2, which has done irreparable economic and social harm to our state.
So vote early from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5, take a selfie with your “I voted” sign and challenge all your friends on Facebook to early vote as well. Our future can be much brighter with a Democratic governor and legislature in North Carolina who believe in our values — on education and on social, economic, health care and environmental issues.
— Valerie Hoh