The candidate filing period for the May primary has come and gone, fortunately not without producing a full slate of choices for voters. In fact, only a few races within our entire coverage area are uncontested.
This is such a welcome departure from past years, when candidates from only one political party or another would file for election. There also were others who wanted to seek office, but were reluctant to give it a try against an incumbent. In the 2010 election, candidate interest grew for just a few local posts.
Political hopefuls are now plentiful, and they represent a wide range of professional experience. This showing of community interest is certainly a good thing. With this comes an increased responsibility for those casting a ballot.
This election season, we challenge voters to learn everything they can about candidates. Attend public forums. Read the newspaper. Ask questions of those making a bid for office.
It's only with this information that the most informed decisions can be made.