On returning from last week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Simmons, said that his "eyes had really been opened to the importance of this year's election."
"This year's election is shaping out to be the most important one in recent history," said Simmons. "As I watched closely the happenings at the Republican National Convention on television and sat through the DNC in Charlotte in person, it occurred to me that voters in this year's election should be thinking policy, policy, pocketbooks, policy instead of party and politics."
Simmons said that the policies and platforms of both parties are something that voters should really take a hard look at here in the Mississippi Delta.
"There are some policies that really hit close to home in the Delta," said Simmons.
"First there is the policy of affordable healthcare," he continued. "We live in an area of the country where nearly 33 percent of the population depends on Medicare and Medicaid.
"The repealing of, or eliminating of, an affordable healthcare system would greatly impact the Delta," Simmons added. "We already have a healthcare crisis in this region so I think people should really consider the issue at hand."
Simmons said policies on education are another example of what Delta voters should keep in mind before going to the polls.
"With federal and state funding cuts in education, what are we going to do here in the Delta to maintain the quality of education needed to promote a healthy economy," asked Simmons. "Education is a tool not only used for the benefit of our children but also as a way to build a strong economy. Without funding, how will the Delta be able to attract new businesses to the area?"
Another of Simmons' concerns for rural America is the elimination of what lawmakers call earmarks.
"Earmarks are funding programs that make projects like the four-laning of Miss. Highway 8 from Cleveland to Ruleville and the new Mississippi River Bridge at Greenville possible," Simmons explained. "Earmarks and similar spending projects could be a thing of the past and how will rural areas like the Mississippi Delta supplement these lost funds locally so that we can still get projects for the advancement of the area done.
"As I have said before, I believe that this is one of the more important elections in U.S. history," concluded Simmons. "And it is important for this country that everyone research the policies and not the politics before casting their vote. No matter what issues are the most important to individual voters, a vote can still make a difference in the future of this country."