Candidates Need To Address Issues For Young People

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Editor:

It's election time once again and the citizens of Payson will be called upon to vote for our town council. I would love for someone to finally address the issues for the young people within the Town of Payson. I would love to have a candidate that would address the growing issues needed in our town.

I am a 31-year-old mother of two and have lived here basically all my life. Once again I see that the candidates running for mayor are either old timers from the good ol' boy network, or are older residents that are against growth in our community.

For too long I've experienced that Payson is the retiree town and the candidates continue to only address concerns and issues that favor the retired and elderly. There are plenty of young working class families that live in our town which have kids attending our schools.

Payson's face has changed over the last 30 years. Yet the one thing that continues to remain the same is that there are no jobs available to maintain our working class. Our schools are overcrowded, and understaffed.

Our children are getting in trouble over things that can be prevented by adults and elders setting a good example and directing them into the right path for their future.

Unless the candidates address some of the issues that affect us the working class, I will again not vote for anyone running for mayor this year, as they are for everything I am not. Don't get me wrong, we need to address water, and streets and public safety, but if we don't address keeping our children here in our community, there won't be anyone around to work in our community.

Recently in a conversation with my 13-year-old daughter, I asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up. Her response was to move away from Payson. We need to change that thought pattern or Payson will "dry up" and blow away in the Arizona desert.

We need some of the younger business leaders of our community to step up and take the lead. There are plenty of us who would back you. Payson needs a change, not the same old election year.

Laura Johnson

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