It's sad, but we understand. There's a fairly good chance you're unaware that Oct. 2 is Election Day. Even if you are aware, you may not be planning on voting. It's just a municipal election, right? Four Council seats are up for grabs along with a recall for one district and a number of bonds and propositions. No big deal. You don't really need to go; you'll just take a long lunch instead. But it's precisely that mentality that leads to such small turnouts at municipal elections, making it even more critical that you show up. Your voice matters, and in citywide elections, it matters even more.
Council races are important. City Councilors exist to make sure the needs of your neighborhood are met, to push policies that will (hopefully) guide the city to be better and stronger, and to add checks and balances to city government. Councilors serve four-year terms, so whoever you elect will likely be around for a while. That's why it's important to choose your next councilor carefully.
We've done our best to cut out the hard part—researching candidates to decide who best represents your values and interests. Editor Steven Robert Allen and I met with all of the nine candidates running in this year's Council race. Although we do endorse the candidates we think would be best for the job, we try to provide you with enough information about all candidates so you can decide for yourself. We've also included descriptions of the bonds and proposals up for your consideration this election, along with our opinions. Thanks to Steven Robert Allen for all his help with this Election Guide.
Voting takes place this Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at polling locations throughout the city. To find your polling place, visit the County Clerk's website at www.bernco.gov/clerk or call 768-3030. You can also vote early at the Albuquerque/
Remember that your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote. Take advantage, and we'll see you at the polls.