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May 20, 2013

Our Opinion: Make the most of your power to vote by casting ballot tomorrow

NEW CASTLE — So what kind of turnout will there be for tomorrow’s primary?

Recent history suggests somewhere between low and lousy. This year’s elections are devoted to local races, and there are few major ones being contested in the primary.

So this is a great opportunity for you.

How?

By voting. When turnout is low, every vote cast counts for more, maybe much more. With a low turnout, each vote carries greater weight and has a better chance of making a difference.

Of course, you can always find an excuse for not showing up at the polls tomorrow. You’re too busy. You don’t want to stand in line. You don’t care for any of the candidates.

Well, here’s one little tidbit to keep in mind when deciding if you should vote: The people who take office in local races have a great deal to say about the taxes you pay.

That’s particularly so with school board contests. And because school board candidates are allowed to cross file, any meaningful decisions about who will serve are often decided in the primaries, rather than the general election.

Because of the significance local elections have in the lives of our readers, the New Castle News often issues endorsements in what we believe are key races. And this year is no different, as we examined the contests for New Castle city council and school board.

These races are important, we believe, because of the serious financial difficulties facing the city. We examined candidates based on what we believe are their abilities to face challenges and make the most of opportunities. We think there are clear choices for voters to make in these contests in order to protect the community’s long-term interests.

For council, we endorsed only on the Democratic side, because there are no contested races on the Republican ballot. And in our endorsements, we offered Democrats recommendations for two four-year seats and one two-year seat.

In council’s two four-year posts for Democrats, we endorsed Tim Fulkerson and Tom Smith. In the two-year race, our endorsement went to MaryAnne Gavrile.

For the city school board, we are recommending four candidates. Among those who cross filed, our endorsements go to Marilyn Berkely and Philip Conti. We are also endorsing Andrea Przybylski on the Democratic ballot and Thomas Ranieri on the Republican side.

If you agree with these endorsements, we hope you go out and vote for these candidates. If you don’t, we urge you to go out and vote anyway.

Remember, votes always count, because they tell the politicians you care what they are doing.

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