“Vote, Forest! Vote!” Don’t let the names, political signs, and unfulfilled promises confuse you. When in doubt, just vote for great leadership. You see my Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them. Vote for great leadership and the rest will take care of itself. On the contrary, vote for mediocre leadership and your basement will continue to flood. 

“Vote, Forest! Vote!” On Election Day, let’s usher in the next wave of great leadership committed to serving the public. Mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” She also said that voting for mediocre leadership will never get your Roosevelt Road business corridor developed to its full potential. 

“Vote, Forest! Vote!” Let’s promote great leadership that has a track record of not only inviting public comment but also listening and acting on community feedback. Let’s throw a big retirement party for mediocre leadership which has prioritized the zoning of marijuana dispensaries into our residential neighborhoods over the fulfillment of promises to expand teen-focused programs. Mama always said, “You’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.” 

“Vote, Forest! Vote!” Let’s reward great leadership that is active, thirsty, and committed to refreshing the vision of our local government like a clear, clean glass of water on a summer day. Exit stage left goes greedy mediocre leadership serving up its favorite grape juice despite all the stains and spills it creates on our white shirts. Let’s raise up great leadership that boldly endorses alliances that support improvement of our public schools. 

Mediocre leadership, sometimes it is not what you say, but rather what you don’t say that truly shows where you stand. However, Mama would just say, “Stupid is as stupid does.” 

Vote, Forest Park, because Mama and us know that great leadership and Chris Harris go together like peas and carrots. 

 Sean A. Blaylock 

Forest Park resident