Time for voters to get to know their candidates

Published 9:37 am Monday, January 16, 2012

Friday the 13th brought the passing of an important deadline: qualifying for party primaries in the March 13 election.
And when all the dust settled, a long list of names was included for the ballot in March.

And that’s good news for voters.

Incumbents and newcomers alike have tossed their hats into the ring for county commissioner, county school board and other seats, showing a healthy interest among the community in public service.

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Now, the campaigning begins. And along with shaking hands and asking for votes, the candidates have an obligation to inform and educate the public about their views. Voters want to know what candidates stand for: where their convictions lie, where their loyalties lie and, most important, where their votes will fall. And in a community the size of  Pike County, voters want to know that their voices will be heard. County commissioners are expected to be accessible and responsive, handling everything from critical county-wide budgeting issues to addressing draining concerns on rural roads.

It’s time for voters to be proactive, to get to know their candidates for commission and school board. Ask questions. Be inquisitive. Learn what you can.

This is an important election year, perhaps more so than others, because so much is at stake in the governance and direction of our county during the next four years.

Voters are wise to get educated and get involved in the democratic process.