Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wealth of candidates put ball in voter’s court

February 5, 2009

Candidate response to the spring De Soto City Council/USD 232 Board of Education election was nothing short of overwhelming. With 11 candidates filing for two council seats and five vying for the open De Soto seat on the board, the city’s voters will go to the polls March 3 to vote in primaries to reduce those fields for an April 7 general election,which will also include a contest for De Soto mayor.

It is our hope the interest from the candidates is shared by the voters. As might be expected with the number of candidates running, clear distinctions among candidates have already been drawn.

It is now up to the voters to start shifting through the long list of candidates to decide who best represents their views. This paper will help with that and a number of candidate forums are in the works or scheduled.

Local elections give voters more of a chance to effect change than do those for state and national scale, in part because — unfortunately — vast numbers of voters who register during the excitement of a presidential election year never make it to the polls in the important odd-numbered year late winter and spring elections. That reality increases the importance of all who do vote.

The apathy is odd because the council and the board have considerable power to change the the landscape of the community and tax.

The explosion of candidates suggests there is a great deal of interest in how the city and school district are governed. It can only be hoped that enthusiasm also brings an healthy number of voters to the polls so that De Soto’s true voice can be heard.

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