With the conclusion of the filing deadline yesterday, most county political races are set for this fall. In some cases, multiple candidates will be squaring off for a seat, in others, candidates are running unopposed.
More than eight months stretch out in front of the candidates before election day, and much is sure to be said between now and then. The biggest thing we ask — that everyone should expect — is that these elections be issue-based. While national politicians spend their time and money slinging mud at one another, we expect better of our local candidates.
For candidates we ask that you identify, specifically, what you believe are the critical issues facing the community at this time, and then tell us how you will approach those. Show us how your approach will be different of your opponent, how your time in office will be one of service and leadership.
For voters, we ask that you view each candidate critically. Don’t be caught up in party labels, or go with an incumbent just because you recognize his or her name. Figure out what the incumbents have done, what the challengers say ought to be done, and make an informed, reasoned choice come November.
If all parties involved will do this, Mount Airy and Surry County will be well served by making the correct choices in local and statewide elections.