As of Tuesday, January 23, 2018
State electioneering has been in swing since last year, so it may be overshadowing closer-to-home races at the county level.
Yes, elections are coming up, with the May 15 primary to be here before we know it.
We like to get the word out early on elections to allow not only time to make candidate filing deadlines but to also allow people time to find out a little more about the open positions ahead of time.
At the county level, positions open will be commission districts 1 and 3 (Skip Brandt and Denis Duman, respectively), clerk (Kathy Ackerman) assessor (James Zehner), treasurer (Abbie Hudson) and coroner (Cody Funke).
Declarations of candidacy are due March 9.
Election time nudges us on a regular basis to look at and review the service our elected officials have provided and whether that service has been satisfactory. It also nudges our sense of civic duty, to step up and apply our skills and knowledge toward the public’s benefit.
If you’re one of those last, we’d encourage you use these coming weeks to learn about these positions, what is involved and what issues they deal with. Kinda basic stuff, but we’ve seen enough elections to judge at a glance those who studied for the test and those who think they can bluff their way through. Make it worth your time and for the voters to put some thought and effort into it.
Based on the good turnout in candidates and voters for last year’s city elections, we’re hoping for that enthusiasm to continue into this year’s races. We encourage your participation in other ways to get involved, including public forums and supporting your candidates through letters on this page.