Civic Rally at Gage Park

By: Leona Liu Email
By: Leona Liu Email

With local elections just two days away, candidates are making their final push. A "get-out-and-vote" civic rally was held at a parking lot in Gage Park this afternoon.

The event was held by Transform Topeka, a non-profit organisation. its purpose was to motivate people to vote in the general election this upcoming Tuesday. There are a number of candidates who are running for city council as well as mayor. The issue of the sales tax increase is also a key item of the ballot for the April 7 election.

Local residents were asked to stay for just five to ten minutes and shout "Get out and vote!" Then they could hang out and enjoy the park, knowing that they took just a little bit of time to get involved in their community.

But due to the rain and cold weather, only a handful of people showed up.

"It doesn't matter that it's cold and on Tuesday, it doesn't matter whta the weather is. It's a tremendous privilege to be able to vote, and we all need to take advantage of that privilege," said Ron Brown, a Topeka resident who stopped by the event.

The rally was not a candidate-specific event, but several of them did show up.


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