Learn the issues and go vote

Residents of some of our communities will be heading to the polls Tuesday in order to select who will represent them in their respective municipal governments.

Whether in Weirton, Follansbee, Wellsburg or Bethany, we encourage those who are eligible to vote to exercise their constitutional right and let their voices be heard.

No matter the size of the ballot, it is of the utmost importance that we, as American citizens, take the time to vote, deciding who will lead our communities, counties, state or nation. While much of the attention often is focused on the offices of president or Congress, we must never forget those who are elected as our mayors, councilmembers and other local government officials.

These are the individuals whose decisions have an almost immediate effect on our lives. They are the ones with whom we have the most contact and opportunities to address when we have concerns. They are our neighbors as much as they are our elected officials.

As with any election, we must make certain we know what the issues facing our communities are, or could be in the future, and where each candidate stands on them. Do their thoughts reflect your own? Will their proposals and ideas be best for your community? If you haven’t already done so, take time over the next couple of days to learn more about each of the candidates on your ballot before stepping up to the voting machines on Tuesday.

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