Off-year elections aren’t very sexy. There isn’t a Barack Obama or a Mitt Romney in a presidential race. Not even a Bruce Rauner or a Pat Quinn for governor.
Still, the municipal government and school board elections on the ballot Tuesday are intensely important. The candidates selected will decide zoning, tax levies and other matters that affect our lives and pocketbooks. Fairview Heights, Cahokia and East St. Louis are among the communities selecting a mayor. Belleville is one of the cities that has highly competitive aldermanic campaigns, including some three-way contests.
Other issues include: property tax increase requests in Triad, Granite City and Breese. A hotly debated water issue in O’Fallon. Consolidating three Madison County school districts.
It’s common for local races to be decided by just a handful of votes. Imagine how you’d feel if you didn’t vote, then found out your candidate lost or a measure you opposed passed by just one vote.
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Don’t risk suffering that sick feeling. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Vote.