Publisher’s Perspective: Crunch timeSo, it’s crunch time. The election for president as well as for our next county commissioner is right around the corner on Nov. 8. It seems that each month I feel the pressure to use this space wisely and choose the words I feel will truly convey my commitment, my passion, and my qualifications to be the next Washington County Commissioner. This is no easy task. Should I focus on issues as I did last month? Should I ask people to vote for me for a fresh perspective versus more of the same? Do I need to qualify myself through listing my work experience as publisher of The Independent for the last 20 years? I feel I’ve done all those things, and now I just have to wait for November to see if I’ve been convincing enough based on those facts.

But there’s something else I’d like you all to know, and it’s much harder to put into words: my character. Who I am when no one is looking. Things that touch my heart and the person I strive to be everyday.

I was asked at a campaign meet and greet a couple of months ago by an old acquaintance about what differentiates me from my competitors. He was asked by his neighbors, as he inevitably would be, as he was putting a sign in his yard. I had to pause and think about it for a moment. He wasn’t asking about my views or positions on the issues, those I’d already made clear. He was asking about me. What makes me different? After a few seconds I answered rather simply, “I lead with the heart.” The room grew quiet. He nodded his head at me in satisfaction. Not because it was the answer that he expected but because it connected to him. I know him as a very sensitive and thoughtful person, and I wanted to give him something he could feel in his heart to be true. And it wasn’t just an answer for him but really the root of my campaign and my motivation for running: love.

At the risk of coming across as overly sensitive or emotional, that’s what I want people to know about me. I lead with love. I want our government to have more love for the people. For the land. More love for life.

I want to make them feel listened to and heard, like their voices count and the things that are important to them are important to their leaders and the government that leads and protects them. I want to make them feel like they have a government they can trust and believe in. Those may seem like lofty goals, but the only way I figure we’ll get better government is to get better people to run.

And I don’t want to come across as pretentious or demeaning to my competitors. I’m sure they’re both fine fellows … but truly, anyone who knows me knows that I am different. I’ve always been. I love people. All kinds of people. And I recognize it’s the differences between us that make us have broader, richer conversations and solutions.

So I’m asking again for your support. Now is the time when it’s really going to count. Please consider putting a sign for my campaign up in your yard, talking to your friends and neighbors about me, and helping out with my campaign. You c(435) 632-1555 or pick one up at The Independent office at 40 N 300 E in St. George.

We’ve got some amazing people who have stepped up for the campaign, but I’ve still got a big hill to climb to become the first non-Republican elected in Washington County in decades. Please consider sharing this article and my others with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Tell them you’re voting for me and your own reasons why. It could be my opposition to the Lake Powell Pipeline and support for the alternatives. It could be that I want fair pay for our Sheriff’s officers. It could be that I want to build a county animal shelter to help our most needy animals. Those issues and many more are well documented in previous articles and on my website at JoshWarburton.com. But ultimately, I hope you’ll tell them it’s because I am different. Not your typical politician type. Someone who feels called to serve their fellow man and is willing to sacrifice to do it.

This has been anything but easy, and yet I have to admit it’s been an amazing experience. Meeting new people. Hearing over and over that I have their support and they enjoy my ideals, my softness, my approach. It’s been a heart-opening experience, and I want to bring that open heart to our local government.

I love southern Utah, Zion, and all the communities of Washington County, and I want to serve them … and you. Please consider voting for me on Nov. 8, and bring along your grandma, kids (of voting age), neighbors, and friends as well. Together, we can have a shift in local government I feel is badly needed.

And I’d like to offer up a big thank you to everyone for the support thus far. It’s been powerful. Oh, and I love you! Be well.

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