Tuesday will a big day in the commonwealth.
It’s primary election day, when voters will do their part to choose candidates in their respective parties for local, state and higher offices, in advance of the November general election.
By now, the candidates have done their part to make themselves and their positions known, through public appearances, campaign visits, newspaper and radio advertising, yard signs, mailers and social media postings.
Hopefully, you have done your homework and are ready to go to the polls.
If you haven’t learned all you need to know about a particular candidate, or enough to make you decide how you’re going to vote, now’s the time to do it. You still have a few hours.
Go online and do your research, or, if you don’t have access to a computer, find out how to get in touch with the candidates themselves. I’m sure any of them would be willing to take the time to answer your questions or provide any information you need.
That’s why they’re running, after all — to represent you and me. All of us.
Now, here’s the flip side — if you don’t want to do the work to educate yourself on the candidates, do the rest of us a favor and don’t go to the polls on Tuesday. That’s right, stay home.
This is a critical time for communities and governments at every level, and the people who will be taking elected office in January will have some big, tough decisions in front of them, issues that will affect all of us and generations to come.
So don’t treat the election as a popularity contest. Don’t just vote for candidate X, Y or Z because he or she seems like a good person. Don’t just pick a name at random. Don’t listen to hearsay, rumors or innuendo.
Do the smart thing, and pick the candidate you feel is best qualified to lead, in whatever office is in contention, and cast your ballot accordingly.
Jared Nelson is editor of The Times Leader in Princeton, Kentucky.
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