With less than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. Advanced voting has already started, and it’s time for voters to acquaint themselves with candidates, if they haven’t already. V
Voters should be using the next several weeks to get to know the candidates who are on the ballot.
This newspaper, as well as a variety of sources on the Internet, offer information to potential voters. It’s disappointing to note that there are fewer resources than usual in the quest to know voters. One candidate forum – in Edgerton – was recently cancelled as many candidates could not attend due to scheduling conflicts. However, a candidate forum for Gardner City Council candidates is scheduled for this evening, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Wheatridge Middle School.
School board candidates will have an opportunity to meet with the public next week. That forum is set for 6:30 p.m. on March 31, also at Wheatridge. Both forums are sponsored by the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce, and we are grateful to that organization for providing the opportunity.
In the next edition of The Gardner News candidates’ answers to questionnaires will run. Not every candidate for local races took the opportunity to provide answers to the brief questionnaire, but the newspaper will provide what glimpses of the candidates that we can.
In next week’s paper, voters will find information about contested races in Gardner and races for USD 231 school board.
The Johnson County election Web site, www.jocoelection.org, is also a valuable resource for voters. On that site, voters will find a list of candidates for each office, and in many cases Web addresses for the candidates’ own sites.
For example, all of the candidates for Gardner City Council and mayor maintain Web sites, blogs or Facebook pages.
The Gardner News website, www.gardnernews.com, will provide video of the candidates at the Chamber forums. Those will be available online following the forums.
In addition to that wealth of information, voters also can find newspaper endorsements and political groups’ endorsements of individual candidates. For example, the Mainstream Coalition and Kansans for Life offer their endorsements to many candidates in a majority of races. We’re certain those aren’t the only large organizations that are likely to offer candidate endorsements that can be found with a few clicks of a button on Google or other Internet search engines.
Voting isn’t simply a right. It’s a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Please take the time to learn about the candidates before casting a ballot on April 7.
Elections have consequences, and an uninformed public gets the government it deserves.