Politics seem to have become a hot topic for discussion in recent years. Now more than ever, it’s so essential for us to speak up and take a stand for what we believe is right and just. What many people don’t realize is that this doesn’t start with the national government, it actually begins in our own backyard. Argyle Town Council Place 3 candidate, Sherri Myers, knows this better than anyone.
Sherri has served on the Argyle Town Council for the past 2 and half years and is running again in the upcoming election unopposed. Sherri made the courageous decision to run for council because she felt a strong desire to serve. “I’m a small business owner and I really had to consider how stepping into local politics would affect my time and business commitments,” Sherri said. “I’ve lived in Argyle for a long time. I’ve raised my children here. I wanted to get involved and I felt that it was the right time.”
In recent years, the Town of Argyle has seen tremendous growth. “The area is booming. We’re seeing families move here and step forward to make sure that their voices are heard,” Sherri said. And these voices are being heard loud and clear. So many people dislike politics because they feel that their voice holds no weight; that nothing that they say or do will change the outcome of the decisions being made. That’s why getting involved with local elections is so essential. It’s where your voice truly gets heard and change begins to take place.
When it comes to local elections, there are town council and school board elections. “Both local council and the school board have a direct effect on local families,” Sherri acknowledged. “In a small town, school board elections are essential.” The school board and their decisions directly affect every family that resides in the town which is why so many people are wanting to get involved. The matter of their children’s education and futures is important to them.
Historically, women have been known to stay home and raise their children, however, things have begun to change. Over time, women have begun to enter back into the workforce and as they do that, they are coming into these elections as professionals and business owners. They’ve become financial providers for their families. It’s because of this that women tend to have a different perspective when it comes to the topics of politics while also bringing a unique skill set to local government that only they can provide. While they are juggling both their family life and their careers, these women also want an outlet to be able to serve and have started looking for local opportunities. The experience, knowledge, and expertise that women bring to the table are what fill in the missing gaps of a successful local government.
It is only when women make the decision to speak out and to get involved in local government that better decisions are made for the community and its residents. “The more you get involved the better our local government will be for you,” Sherri said. And while Sherri encourages all women to get involved and make their voices heard, that also comes with the advice that she has acquired over her years of service. “Know why you’re serving and stick to it. Make sure you have a great support group and have thick skin. Having thick skin is important in any election. And lastly, do the right thing no matter what. If it’s the right thing to do, you better be doing it.”