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November 2, 2013

Time to get out the vote

Tonawanda News — The candidates have done their jobs. We’ve done ours. Voters, now it’s up to you.

After weeks of local election coverage, candidate debates in both Twin Cities, numerous articles, letters to the editor, Sound Off rants and general political banter, it all comes to an end Tuesday.

Off-year municipal elections typically draw the lowest voter turnouts of any election year. It should be the opposite. While we obsess endlessly and breathlessly in the media and over the kitchen table about whether a certain former New York senator will run for president in three years not nearly enough attention is paid to representatives who have a much closer-to-home impact.

In the City of Tonawanda we’ve got two political parties divided over a controversial housing development proposal. Voters are being asked to decide which party should run City Hall and make decisions that will forever alter their city. 

In North Tonawanda, one party has run the show exclusively for four years. Should that continue for another two or is it time to give someone else a try?

Our editorial board has had its say on these races. We’ve also tried, as a conveyor of local news, to inform readers as best we can about what these people propose to do if elected. If you hadn’t tuned in, we spilled a lot of ink today in one final push to drive that information home.

Some readers have strong opinions about local government and politics and that’s great. Others wonder whether it really matters. We’re here to tell you in no uncertain terms: It does matter.

Only a few thousand people will probably turn out to vote Tuesday. Their voices will be the ones that guide decisions large and small about this community. Invariably, some of these races will turn out to be incredibly close. Two years ago one council race was decided by one vote. Literally, one vote.

Your opinions matter only as much as you make them matter. On Election Day it matters more than any other.

So readers, let’s get out the vote.

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