You received your Current today because May 5 is the date of the primary election. We don’t want election information in the paper on election days, as delivery of Current can happen into the late-afternoon hours; that does you no good on Election Day. Today, though, you’ll find what you need to know about candidates and voting. Our staff has prepared candidate profiles, a list of polling places and other pertinent information that we hope will help you make informed decisions when you enter the voting booth. There are several hotly contested races in the communities we serve. Elections, in our view, are more about the “then” than the “now.” All the talk on the campaign trail doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if a candidate is elected and, in the course of her or his term, doesn’t follow through on promises made during so many stump speeches. It then becomes about accountability. How stringently are you willing to hold those for whom you vote accountable? If you’re considering an incumbent, did she or he uphold and deliver on promises made during the previous campaign? Does her or his challenger make salient points as to why the incumbent should be replaced? We urge you to focus on facts and not buy in to the hyperbole that typically accompanies municipal election races, including those of mayor, council and clerk-treasurer. This is an exciting time of year, mostly because it comes around only once every four years. We don’t for a moment doubt each candidate’s enthusiasm for serving you; we just urge a closer examination before you cast your vote. And we do hope you’ll vote, because it is your right and responsibility. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 5. As we’ve said before, this is about accountability on every plane. In that vein, is the incumbent you’re considering worthy of remaining in office, and is the challenger earnest and well-founded in her or his quest? Time will tell.
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