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Our View: Be part of the election process

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The presidential candidates had their first debate. Those vying for local offices are showing up at forums throughout the county. Election season is in full swing, as we head toward the Nov. 6 vote.

Are you registered? This is the time to check. Tuesday is the last day to register, although there is a grace-period registration opportunity that runs through Nov. 3. You’ll want to have your voice heard, as Kane County voters will face some key decisions.

Many who register will be excited about the presidential race between Democrat and current President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney. It’s an important choice, of course, but tremendous impact can be made elsewhere, as well. All Kane County Board seats are up for election – although not all are contested – and Kane County voters will determine a new board chairman, coroner, auditor, circuit clerk and recorder.

Those in the 25th State Senate District will select a new senator, and congressional candidates in the 6th, 11th and 14th districts will face a vote.

The decisions are crucial, as the winning candidates will be instrumental in shaping your future. County Board members, for example, will weigh in on budgeting issues and will shape the future of the Settler’s Hill landfill. County Board chairman candidates differ on whether to hire a full-time administrator and whether to freeze the county’s property tax levy.

Is it vital that the coroner come from the law-enforcement community? Or is a man who owns a company that cleans up death scenes the better choice?

Most county residents have an opinion on those issues. Take advantage of the opportunity and get in the game. Register, learn about the issues and vote.

If you’re unclear on the key points, you can find many answers at our Election Central website – elections.kcchronicle.com. Candidates have filled out questionnaires and have provided background information about themselves. Also, we’ve been reporting on local forums and profiling those running in every race. Soon, we will begin running our endorsements.

This is no time to sit on the sidelines. The election process is a lot like a job interview, and these are key positions that must be filled. You want to bring in the right person for the job. Don’t let that opportunity slip away.

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