As we head toward another contentious election season, the current state of American politics is one of profound confusion and conflict.

Many American voters would most likely agree that rarely in our country’s long history has the level of political discourse been so harsh and divided. With slurs flying and reasonable compromise seemingly impossible, it appears reconciliation is all but lost for this political season.

Many aspiring politicos accept these limitations as the “rules of the game”, and set up their political campaigns to reflect the negativity in our electoral process. They feel that in order to compete against negativity, they must sling mud in return.

Fortunately, not every candidate accepts this as “standard operating procedure”. There are a number of promising candidates whose intention is to run clean, informative campaigns without resorting to name-calling and denigration of the opposition. One such contender is Ben Massey, Jr., Democratic candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives, District 93.

In person, Ben does not strike you as a typical politician. He lacks the bombast and self-centered narcissism that many career politicians embrace far too readily. Instead, he carries himself with an honesty and sense of purpose that inspires confidence in those who meet him.

“There are a number of promising candidates whose intention is to run clean, informative campaigns without resorting to name-calling and denigration of the opposition. One such contender is Ben Massey, Jr., Democratic candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives, District 93.”

Ben has publicly pledged to conduct his campaign cleanly and without the vitriol common to many modern political affairs. As he told me in a recent conversation, he refuses to respond with mudslinging to any negative charge from his opponent.

With absolute conviction he says, “I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror the day after the election and know I did my very best without stooping to engage in negative campaigning.”

Ben understands that to be an effective elected representative for the people of North Carolina, he has to stand resolute against the bitterness and dishonesty that has come to define much of American politics these days.

“I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror the day after the election and know I did my very best without stooping to engage in negative campaigning.”

With Ben, integrity and honor clearly define the man he is. People readily recognize these qualities in Ben. As a registered Republican voter, Wadsworth Duane (Skip) Roy, III, has publicly stated, “I am absolutely committed to see people of Character and Integrity like you in the state and national legislatures.”

The citizens of our state deserve a representative with this kind of respect. Such is the demeanor of Ben Massey.

 


Today’s Guest Post was written by Ron Joyner, of Big Horse Creek Farm in 
Lansing, NC.
Featured Photo by Janay Peters on Unsplash