Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Candidate forum brings election needed visibility

March 17, 2005

A quiet Eudora spring campaign is entering its homestretch. Voters will be asked to pick a new mayor, two Eudora City Council members and fill three seats on the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education in the April 5 general election.

The three seats failed to attract enough candidates to force a primary election and there is only one candidate for mayor, the most high-profile position. This lack of candidate interest means the election is almost upon us with little or no public discussion of issues facing the city or the school district in the next four years.

We can assure you in the next two weeks, this paper will give all candidates an opportunity to share their visions for Eudora. Those who would like to take the measure of candidates in person should attend the Eudora Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Eudora City Hall.

Although he is running unopposed for mayor, Tom Pyle will appear. The four candidates seeking the two available City Council seats and the five candidates running for the three School Board positions have also been invited.

Voter registration for the election ends two days before the candidate forum at noon Monday. We've argued before that local elections give voters the greatest chance for meaningful influence. It's simply a numbers game. One vote in hundreds is more important than one vote in millions. But residents have only to look at a property tax statement or the presence or absence of a new sidewalk on which their children will walk to school to understand the importance local government plays in the every day lives of Eudorans.

A city adding 100 new homes a year must have many new residents not yet registered to vote. Although they may not yet feel comfortable getting involved in local politics, it is in their own self interest to do so. We would suggest voting is perhaps the single-most important thing new residents can do to protect their investment in new homes.

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