EDITORIAL: City voters should exercise their right

Oct. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

If you’re a resident of the city of Sanford or the town of Broadway, the time has come to make choices at the ballot box.

Early voting began today for the Nov. 5 municipal elections. Early voting, including one-stop voting, is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 1 and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 2. at the Lee County Board of Elections office on South Steele Street. 

Sanford’s ballot includes several contested races: Democrat Norman “Chas” Post III will face Republican Max Dolan for an at-large Council seat, and Democrat Samuel Gaskins will vie against Republican Bill Oberkirsch for the Ward 1 Council seat.

Chet Mann and James “JD” Williams are running unopposed for their respective mayoral and Ward 3 seats.

Broadway candidates Thomas Beal, Woody Beale, Jim Davis and Janet Harrington face no opposition. However, town voters will see four alcohol-related measures on the ballot: three concern whether restaurants should be able to serve beer, serve wine and/or serve liquor, and a fourth would allow a state-run liquor store to be opened within town limits.

Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble is expecting a low voter turnout. Unfortuantely, she’s probably right — with just two contested races on the Sanford ballot and only the alcohol measures on the Broadway ballot.

There are no state or national contests in this election, which is another reason why some of our municipal voters may not feel compelled to go to the polls.

Nonetheless, it’s important for our municipal citizens voice their opinions about the direction of these communities. Voting is quick, simple ... and, it’s an American privilege that we should embrace.