To The Daily Sun,
City election time is here and there has been very little said about it due to the fact that most seats are unopposed. That is not good.
For years the number of people voting in local elections has been dwindling to a low point, and as a result, the need for primaries became obsolete, as the outcome would not change the ballot.
Local elections are of vital importance in how they affect each and every person, tax wise, standard-of-living wise, and the need for fair representation is as important as the state or national elections. This is where you live and what is decided by the local officials affects you more directly and instantly.
Because there is no obvious opposition to the people running unopposed, a lot of you will stay home, thinking it is a done deal. It is never a done deal. A write-in campaign could easily upset the cart, without the public having a chance to know that person or what they stand for, or what their opposition is about.
Holding public office is a privilege and with that comes a duty and responsibility to the residents of our city. It is necessary to confront what issues may be out there. By declaring as a candidate you also declare the willingness to express your views and what your intentions are. If you are a repeat candidate you can defend your record to a challenger.
Your vote will show the candidate that you do support him or her and that you want them to continue on the path they stand for. Without it, the candidate doesn't know he is working for you in the way you expect.
Hopefully, future elections will offer more choice and debates and conversations can be held to help the public decide who they want in their city government.
Be part of the process. Vote for your candidate and show your support.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia
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