Don’t forget your local elections

By Racey Burden | Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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As I’m writing this column, voting for the March primary closes in an hour. As you’re reading it, the primary is over and everyone knows who will be headed to our November county, state and national elections.

But there’s another election in between March and November that holds much more local importance.

Racey Burden

In May, you have the opportunity to go to the polls and elect your school board and city council members. Those positions might seem small potatoes compared to what we’re voting for in the primary, but I guarantee you feel their impact acutely every year via taxes at the least. Yet numbers consistently show that people turn out for the big elections – think president – and don’t show up for the smaller ones.

We still have more than a month to go before early voting (it starts April 23), but all the candidates for your local elections have already filed. We’ll soon start running their candidate questionnaires in the paper so you can get a feel for what they hope to accomplish in office, and I hope you’ll read the ones that apply to where you live.

School board trustees and city council members set your taxes. They make decisions that impact your children, your utilities, the way your town and school district grows. Often times people don’t show up to their meetings, but take it from someone who attends them all the time – citizens are directly impacted by the choices made by these men and women. Don’t you want to decide who gets to make those choices?

Racey Burden is a Messenger reporter

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