May 29, 2013 — Based on a number of factors, it appears that public interest in Grayson’s upcoming wet-dry special election is definitely on the upswing.
Yard signs and other “yes” and “no” messages are popping up at homes and businesses. Comments on Facebook and other social media sites are more numerous and more intense.
The “wet” side, in the person of Keith Bays, is publishing an ad in today’s issue of the Journal-Times.
The ad on Page A-7 encourages Grayson residents to vote “yes” when they go to the polls on Tuesday, June 11, on the question of allowing legal sale of alcoholic beverages within the city limits.
The ad speaks primarily to local economic advantages of being “wet” enjoyed by residents of Ashland, Cannonsburg and Morehead.
The opposing side, calling themselves the Citizens for Positive Progress, published a “no” ad two weeks ago. That ad focused on the social problems associated with alcohol consumption.
Bays said Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the responses of persons who visited his information table on Main Street while attending the Memory Days Parade last Saturday.
“We had a few questions about the issue but the vast majority of those who came by said they intended to vote ‘yes’ at the election,” he added.
Bays says he is expecting a big turnout for Grayson’s first wet-dry election in nearly 42 years.
On July 2, 1971, Grayson voters decided by a tally of 751 to 261 for the city to remain “dry”. Olive Hill voters made the same decision that day, as well.
One of the leaders of the opposition shares the prediction of a heavy voter response.
“This is a passionate issue for many of us and it’s not restricted to religious beliefs,” said Kyle Burchett, pastor of New Beginnings Assembly of God Church. “There is a larger question here about what we want this community to be in the future. We are urging people to vote that day because it’s their right to make such a choice in a free country.”