Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

It’s time to vote for our future

February 22, 2007

For the "first round" of the election "playoffs," the time for talk is all but over. It's time to vote on the seven candidates for Baldwin City Council and three of the seven for Baldwin School Board.

Tuesday's primary election will narrow the field in both races by one. Six of the council candidates will advance to the April 3 general election and two school board candidates will do the same. In the general election, the school board candidates for the at-large, position 7 spot will be joined on the ballot by the three incumbents who are running unopposed.

Don't soft sell the primary elections at all. They are just as important as the general election and maybe even more so. Tuesday's vote could very well show where Baldwin City and the school district are headed into a future that has been clouded by the Gardner Intermodal which will bring thousands of jobs to the area and change it forever.

It is imperative that Baldwin be steered on a path toward growth for the changes that will result from the Intermodal. It's going to happen and it's going to alter every community within at least a 15-mile radius of Gardner.

Many voters have attended the candidate forums for both the council and board. We applaud them for their interest. Many others have read the profiles that the Signal has published. That's great.

It's vital that voters know where the candidates stand on the issues that face our community, both the city and the school district. It's also vital to make the right choices. For those that have not seen the profiles, they are available on the Signal's Web site at www.baldwincity.com in the Election 2007 section. They will be there throughout the election season.

We will not tell voters how to vote. We will tell them to vote. This is a critical juncture for our community. We all must be involved.

See you at the polls Tuesday.

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