I know there's been a lot of talk about the Presidential Election and it seems like it might be overshadowing the importance of local elections. I know most of us in this forum here in the US who are of voting age are planning to vote, but it seems that many people are mainly concerned with the Presidential election. While the President is extremely important, a good chunk of politics happens on a local level and a lot of what we actually see on a daily basis is a direct result of the work of local politicians.
Here's some things that my town is looking at on a local level: Will county sales taxes change, will municipal electric rates go up, will we get rid of that stupid traffic circle, will the town impose a curfew, are we going to approve the new industrial park, will we revive the historic district, etc. I hope all of you who are voting vote in your local elections and have read up on the issues affecting your town.
For the most part, the national media like CNN, Fox New's Etc, doesn't even touch on any local issues. To get info on this, read your local paper, I'm sure just about all of your local candidates will have stories in the local press and even local network TV news - local press tends to like running these stories and politicians generally like the attention.
Anyway, what's your thoughts on this, are you going to vote for local officials, or are you just going to pull the lever or punch the chad for president. If you are voting for local officials, are you voting because you are informed about the different issues, or are you going to vote your party line, or just for the incumbents. Personally, I have read up on the local issues, I go to some City Hall meetings and county meetings and while I am a Republican through and through, when it comes to my local issues, my votes are going to be split between republicans and dem's.