Gubernatorial race just as important as presidential

The gubernatorial election should receive as much attention from local media and the community as a presidential election. Voting for who will be the next governor is just as important as voting for who will be the next president, if not more so. The governor controls state matters, which affect the public on a day-to-day basis. The schools, public transportation systems and businesses in Texas communities will feel the effects of the outcome of this gubernatorial election more than they will feel the effects of a national election.

The younger generation is already accused of taking little to no interest in politics, even though it’s the upcoming generations who will feel most of the repercussions of decisions made today. Unfortunately, with less than 130 people voting at the early voting site on campus, it appears that the university community is fulfilling that stereotype.

As university students, it’s important to at least be aware of who’s running for office, what he or she plans to do in office and how that can effect not only the campus community, but also job prospects. A university setting is the perfect place to establish one’s political beliefs because it exemplifies the marketplace of ideas.

Theoretically, students, especially higher education students, should be more eager to vote because of their constant exposure to current events and policies. Wishing that things were better isn’t going to cut it when students can play a more active role by voting.

Web editor Maricruz Salinas for the editorial board.