TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The president of a women's voting organization in East Texas says she understands why women have been brought to the forefront in this election.
Andie Rathbone with the League of Women Voters of Tyler and Smith County says women make up a huge chunk of the electorate and she wants them to get to the polls. She tells us that women on both sides need to turn off the tv, and focus on the issues facing the future of this country.
"Get on your computer, look at the candidates' websites, and look at their position papers, and look at what they're actually saying," says Rathbone.
If there's any advice in this hectic election year, Rathbone says women need to rise above the banter.
"I'm going to provide healthcare for everyone, or I'm going to cut everyone's taxes, but how are you going to do that? You've got to look beyond just the slogans and the details of the campaign," says Rathbone.
Rathbone says starting with what candidates have said, there's a lot of room for women to make a difference.
"Clearly they're not appropriate and not the way I think that any woman should be thought of or talked about. And I also think that there's attitudes about when women run as candidates, and I think there's a lot of that kind of thing that women have to put up with. But we would hope that with more and more women becoming involved in the process and coming out and voting, that those kind of attitudes would change," says Rathbone.
It's change that women can bring, and she says the parties understand that.
"Women have been the deciding factor in the last few presidential elections. Women are traditionally in that undecided category that both sides are going after," says Rathbone.
Rathbone also says she doesn't like the thought of supporting a candidate based on gender, but as folks begin to make up their minds, she says they'll keep working to make sure somehow, candidates stay on message.
The League of Women Voters says they'll will be holding a candidate forum for congressional candidates, Smith County Sheriff, and State Board of Education on Monday, October 17. It will start at 6 o'clock, at the Tyler Public Library in the auditorium.