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The Lake News Online
  • Our view: Carefully evaluate candidates for office

  • The signs are up, candidates are out and about and the campaign promises have begun.
    Lake-area voters have a lot of options when they go to the polls Tuesday, April 8.
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  • The signs are up, candidates are out and about and the campaign promises have begun.
    Lake-area voters have a lot of options when they go to the polls Tuesday, April 8. Nearly every community or political entity has at least one race. It’s nice to see so many people wanting to get involved. Now if voters will only follow suit.
    Last April, less than 18 percent of the registered voters in Morgan, Camden and Miller counties made the trip to the polls. Sad but true. It's hard to have a voice when you choose not to participate.
    It’s often said that one vote can make a difference. Statistically, that’s true. But can one person change the direction of an entire board? No. There’s a reason boards are comprised of three or more elected individuals. It’s to provide philosophical balance and adequate representation.
    While some candidates running for office would like for the voters to believe otherwise, that's not the way it works.  
    Whether it’s the local school board or board of aldermen or fire service board, it takes either a simple majority or super majority of votes to make a decision. Individuals on those boards can share their ideas, but it’s the board as a unit that makes the decision.
    The family of Lake Media newspapers and LakeNewsOnline.com has taken the lead in seeking feedback from candidates for office on a variety of topics. We feel strongly that voters should be informed not only about the issues but also about the candidates.
    Over the next few weeks, we encourage voters to read our publications and learn about the issues, the candidates and their views:
    •Does the candidate have a clear understanding of the issues?
    •Does the candidate share your personal philosophies?
    •Do you think the candidate will be a responsible and informed representative?
    As voters, we can make a collective difference. Failing to cast a ballot is a failure to help chart the course.
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