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Get out and vote

by Brian Clarey

October is upon us and with it comes the nitty-gritty of the campaign season.

The Greensboro municipal primary election takes place next week — on Tuesday, though you can participate in early voting at the Old Courthouse in downtown Greensboro until Saturday.

And if you’re wondering if you should vote in a primary election, the answer is a resounding yes.

In some ways, primary elections are even more important than the general election because that is how the slate of candidates is chosen. If you have a favorite candidate running for mayor, at large or in districts 2 or 4 — the only contests where primaries are necessary this year — then your candidate needs your vote to get on the ballot for the general election.

There are other reasons to vote in primary elections as well, chief among them the importance of participating in this democracy under which we all live.

True, not everyone has the time or means to do the necessary research to be part of the informed populace that keeps our democracy alive, which is why this week as our cover story we offer a primary guide outlining the basic information for each of the 25 candidates involved next week. There is much more detailed information on every single candidate at our political website, triadpolitics.info.

We acknowledge that our readers have wide and varied political stances, which is why we have included profiles of all primary candidates in this issue. But we take our responsibility as purveyors of opinion seriously, which is why we make endorsements in municipal elections.

We have taken the time to interview 21 of these candidates — Mayor Bill Knight and at-large candidates Deborah Fae Brogden, Christopher McLaughlin and Hayden Jesserer rebuffed our invitation — and engaged in rigorous debate to put together a slate of endorsements for the primary. Our choices are based on candidate responses to the issues that we care most about: the White Street Landfill, economic development, land use and functional government chief among them. And while some of our endorsements were easy calls to make, most of them required much deliberation and consideration. It is to our benefit that we have so many good people running for office this year.

But a democracy is only as sound as the electorate; it is your responsibility to learn about the issues and the candidates. It is your privilege to go out and participate in the electoral process. It is ours to present to you all the information you’ll need to make the best choices for yourself and your city.

Vote in the Oct. 11 primary. And vote again in the Nov. 8 general election. It’s what patriotic Americans do.

YES! Weekly chooses to exercise its right to express editorial opinion in our publication. In fact we cherish it, considering opinion to be a vital component of any publication. The viewpoints expressed represent a consensus of the YES! Weekly editorial staff, achieved through much deliberation and consideration

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