I pledge to vote because it is my civic duty to be, in Thomas Jefferson’s word, a ‘participator’ in our democratic society, and because the power brokers, the big boys, would rather I not vote at all. I pledge never to vote for any elected official or candidate who has regularly voted against me, my family, my community and the health, safety and well-being of my fellow Americans. I pledge to spend sufficient time learning about the records of the candidates and about the subjects that I want them to seriously campaign for until Election Day. I pledge to strive to meet the candidates or at least urge that they meet with citizens in real time, as in a local auditorium, for two way questions and answers. I pledge to urge my circle of friends, relatives and co-workers to vote, and in so doing, engage them in conversations about the improvement of our society for us and our descendants. Finally, I pledge to urge appropriate people to run for elective office, especially at the local level, where they are capable of advancing the public interest.