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Editorial: Think Locally

As campaign managers across the country head in to the home stretch, we can expect the usual onslaught of street signs and television ads popping up in the area.

But are a few colorful slabs of cardboard or fleeting bumper stickers enough to influence an election? Probably not, but with this upcoming vote election being a presidential election year traditionally means that more voters will take to the polls, and in turn, more votes will be cast for local elections than in years when a president isn’t being decided.

At a recent meet the candidates’ forum, one incumbent presented a great argument for undecided voters or potential non-voters. The candidate said that because this is a presidential election year, plenty of voters who otherwise wouldn’t be at the polls will be making decisions based on party affiliation or even simply on a whim.

After you’ve made up your mind between Obama and Romney, take a look at local elected officials, their challengers and what they stand for – these are the people who will have the most noticeable impact on our communities following Nov. 6.

- C.T.