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In just a week, the campaigning will be over. Election signs will come down, and we will no longer be bombarded with political ads and the coverage of the national races on the evening news.
We will know who is going to be the president, who will represent us in the 4th Congressional District and in the state House of Representa-tives, and who will serve on our local city councils and commissions.
But we all have some important work to do prior to that. We have to go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to vote and make those decisions. We have to determine who we want to entrust to guide us into the future, nationally, in Kentucky and locally too.
In our local races, The News-Democrat published profiles of those running for offices in Carrollton, Ghent, Prestonville, Sanders and Worthville. Not all the candidates responded, but those who did offered their visions for the future of their communities.
Please take time to read these in the Oct. 24 issue, so you can make an informed decision Nov. 6.
A lot of local residents also will have the chance to meet council and commission candidates as they campaign door-to-door, asking for your vote.
There’s nothing better than talking directly with a candidate and asking about the issues you find important. It gives you the chance to help influence future policy, as well as a way to hold them accountable for the actions they take, if elected.
In the other races where candidates cover a larger area, we must depend on news coverage to provide insight into the candidates. Please take the time to read up on all those who are seeking office. This will allow you to make your best choice as you head to the polls Tuesday.
Voters have an important job in the process of making our government work. Depending on the office, every few years they decide who will be representing our interests.
This is not a task to be taken lightly; it carries a lot of responsibility.
President Dwight Eisenhower said it best: “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”
Our voice in what happens in government — national, state and local — is decided by the votes we cast.
It is important to let your voice be heard by participating. While all of the negativity that we see in races today makes us want to tune out, we must move past that to make our choices and then to express those through the electoral process.
Take the time over the next several days to learn everything you can about the real positions of the candidates, so you can make your best choices. Then go to the polls Tuesday and vote.
Jeff Moore is publisher of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner. He lives in Carrollton, Ky.