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Get out the vote

by Brian Clarey

Jeez, is it getting towards the end of October already? Time flies, we guess, when you’re righteously indignant.

There’s certainly a lot to be pissed off about this election season:

large deficits and high taxes — which, we remind all our readers, often exist in a cause-and-effect relationship, entrenched incumbents and rude upstarts, obstructionists and rubber-stampers, puritans, libertines, self-serving politicos and more than a few fairly decent candidates.

Many of them are included in Part 1 of our endorsements, which begin this week on page 21.

It’s no small task keeping abreast of an even-year election, when everyone from High Point City Council to our US senators and congressmen seek to regain office. And in our research into this year’s Triad contests (ably documented on our politics website, triadpolitics.info) we’ve uncovered many compelling narratives.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals judicial race, for instance, is invoking a little-used “instant runoff” to fill the Wynn seat which has attracted 13 candidates from all across the state.

Sitting Greensboro City Council Member Trudy Wade, for example, is making a play for the NC Senate seat in District 28 against Gladys Robinson, a hand-picked successor to incumbent Katie Dorsett, and also against write-in candidate Bruce Davis, who’s running unaffiliated in this race. But just in case he loses, Davis is also running unopposed for re-election to his Guilford County Commission District 1 seat as a Democrat. Because it’s good to have options. If Wade takes the race, it will change the make-up of Greensboro City Council.

In Forsyth County, 26 people ran for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board, winnowed down to 18 by the May primary, all competing for 9 seats.

Plus Sen. Richard Burr is defending the US Senate seat that once belonged to John Edwards against NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who once defeated Richard Petty in a general election and also handily disposed of favorite son Cal Cunningham in the primary. And don’t forget the dark horse, Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler, who is also on the ticket.

If you haven’t been following politics this year, folks, don’t blame the races, which are certainly exciting, and don’t blame us because we’ve been ramming this stuff down your throats for months now.

And here we are making one more attempt to get people interested in the election, which takes place Nov. 2, though Early Voting has already begun.

Remember: As a US citizen, voting is your inalienable right, and often it is the only time of year your voice will be heard by those who need your vote to continue holding public office.

So get involved. Read up on the candidates. And cast your vote.

It matters.

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