Kevin Snyder


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Between the Lines November 2019 issue

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As you are reading this, elections are upon us. Even though it’s an off year, they are still important to us as citizens, motorcyclists, and A.B.A.T.E. of PA members.

There’s a saying that goes “…all politics are local”. Our local elected officials have more effect on our lives than we commonly realize. Think about the consequences of the wrong person being elected to a local office such as tax collector or town council. What kind of effect can that person have on your life if they get into office?

We have a responsibility to ourselves and the communities we live in to make sure that doesn’t happen. Having the right people in office is just as important at the local level as at the state and national level.

There’s another reason why these local races are important to the motorcycling community and A.B.A.T.E. of PA. In some cases, the people running for these local offices today are the legislators of the future that we will work with in Harrisburg and Washington someday.

For the most part (unless their last name was Bush or Kennedy), most of our legislative leaders got their start in local politics. The person running for dog-catcher in your township today may be someone whose vote or opinion is critical to us as motorcyclists ten years down the road. Today is the best time to get acquainted with that person and let them know that motorcyclists are out there and are a political force to be reckoned with. Even if it has nothing to do with the office they are running for today.

A.B.A.T.E. of PA itself can’t endorse candidates, nor can it make political contributions. (I do encourage you to support BIKEPAC, which is a separate entity that supports candidates at the state level.) But you, as individuals, can do a lot to help local candidates get elected.

Politicians do remember their roots, and remain loyal to those who helped them get into office. The person that you help get elected today to a local office (by volunteering some phone time or polling place help) will remember who you are for a very long time.

Get involved in your local political races, and let them know you’re a motorcyclist and a member of A.B.A.T.E. of PA while you’re doing it. In the future, we’ll all be glad you did.

Keep the rubber side down, and enjoy the road less traveled…