Cit­i­zens should vote

The Compass - - OPINION -

What are your plans be­tween the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tues­day, Nov. 2? Work? A trip to the mall? A movie, per­haps?

If you’re a res­i­dent of Spa­niard’s Bay-Tilton, and you’re of vot­ing age, why not ex­er­cise your demo­cratic priv­i­lege and cast a vote in the mu­nic­i­pal by­elec­tion.

If past elec­tions are an in­di­ca­tor, voter turnout is not ex­pected to be high. But these are in­ter­est­ing times in Spa­niard’s Bay-Tilton, and it might be worth­while to have some say in who will fill the seat on coun­cil that was va­cated with the res­ig­na­tion this sum­mer of Calvin Nose­wor­thy.

There will be four names on the bal­lot, all of whom we r e un­suc­ces­ful in the Septem­ber 2009 gen­eral elec­tion. They areMose An­thony, Chris Bar­rett , Tony Do­minix and Mary J. Mesh.

We tip our hat to them for step­ping for­ward in a bid to help guide the di­rec­tion of their town at this im­por­tant pe­riod in its his­tory, and we sug­gest that cit­i­zens do the same by vis­it­ing a polling sta­tion on Nov. 2.

There’s been plenty of hype about the pro­posed new in­dus­trial park that is in the works for Tilton, and if it be­comes a re­al­ity, it could very well change the town’s land­scape, in ev­ery sense of the word. We’re talk­ing hun­dreds of jobs, mil­lions in in­vest­ment and lu­cra­tive com­mer­cial taxes.

The cit­i­zens of Spa­niard’s Bay-Tilton de­serve a com­pe­tent coun­cil to en­sure this and other pro­posed de­vel­op­ments pro­ceed in an or­derly and busi­nesslike man­ner, and the Nov. 2 by­elec­tion is an­other op­por­tu­nity to make sure this hap­pens.

In case you didn’t know, here’s where you can vote —at the recre­ation cen­tre for res­i­dents of Spa­niard’s Bay, and at All Saints Church for res­i­dents of Big Pond Road, Tilton and Gul­lies.

It only takes a moment.

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