Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2009

Candidates put ball in voters’ court

February 5, 2009

Candidate response to the spring Eudora City Council/USD 491 Board of Education election was nothing short of overwhelming. With five candidates filing for two council seats and seven vying for the 3 expiring seats on the board, the city’s voters will go to the polls in the April 7 general election that will also include a contest for Eudora 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 sifting 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 elections, 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 wealth 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 Eudora’s true voice can be heard.

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