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Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, because local offices impact your life greatly: Editorial

Posted 10/30/19

We already seem to be well in to the 2020 presidential election, but we don’t want you to forget that we have a very important election coming up on Tuesday.

No, we won’t vote on a …

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Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, because local offices impact your life greatly: Editorial

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We already seem to be well in to the 2020 presidential election, but we don’t want you to forget that we have a very important election coming up on Tuesday.

No, we won’t vote on a president. We won’t even vote for a state senator to replace Mike Folmer, who recently resigned (that vote will come in a special election Jan. 14).

But if you live in Middletown, you will choose among six candidates for the borough council. In Lower Swatara Township, there are four candidates running for three seats on the board of commissioners.

You can read plenty more about these races on page A1 as well as pages B3-B6. We encourage you to do so, because we want you to make an informed decision.

We can make the argument that Tuesday’s vote is more important than your vote for president.

Think about all the issues that we have reported on in the last year. In Middletown, we have touched on the Suez water and sewer lease, police staffing, budget challenges, taxes ... things that directly affect you.

Well guess what: The people who will make decisions on issues such as these moving forward are on Tuesday’s ballot.

Your vote also carries more weight than in a presidential election. There are only hundreds of votes cast in local elections. There were more than 125 million cast in the 2016 presidential election. A few votes one way or the other locally has a true impact.

We are pleased to see a full slate of candidates. There could have been seven people running for council until Mike Woodworth resigned. That shows an interest in our local government that we find heartening despite the challenges that can come with the job.

In addition to the four qualified candidates running in Lower Swatara, you also get to choose if our three Dauphin County commissioners — Republicans Jeff Haste and Mike Pries and Democrat George P. Hartwick III — will keep their seats. Democrat Diane Bowman is the fourth candidate.

Take a few minutes Tuesday to vote. The right has been hard-earned by those who came before us. Take advantage of it.