Next Tuesday, area residents will go to polling places across the county to elect mayors, city council and village board members, school board members, and township officials. They also will decide on electrical aggregation propositions, trustees for community colleges and regional offices of education, park board members and library board members.
Though this consolidated election lacks the glamour of statewide or national races, it includes several important local contests that will determine the delivery of services to voters. In fact, the election of a mayor or a school board member may have more direct impact on us than some of the “higher” offices.
As usual, we’ve tried to educate voters about the people and issues in this election. In last week’s issue of The Leader-Union, we included a copy of the sample ballot for this election. In today’s paper, on pages 6, 7, 10 and 15, we have included profiles on candidates for the races – their biographical information as well as their thoughts on the main issues of their contest. We encourage you to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the candidates and their positions before election day.
Make your vote count. Do the research and cast an informed vote next Tuesday. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make a commitment to get there.