Im­por­tant times

The Covington News - - Opinion -

From where we stand in the lo­cal news busi­ness, 2012 has been an in­cred­i­bly busy and crazy year so far, with it’s fair share of neg­a­tive sto­ries (Cov­ing­ton mu­nic­i­pal court saga and school blog­ger law­suit as ex­am­ples) and pos­i­tive tri­umphs (the land­ing of Bax­ter In­ter­na­tional and other in­dus­tries chief among them).

Against this back­drop is a crowded set of lo­cal elec­tions in the mid­dle of pres­i­den­tial-year pol­i­tics, topped off by a hotly-de­bated T-SPLOST. And yet, as of this writ­ing, turnout was expected to be so-so.

True, the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates aren’t on the pri­mary bal­lot, but ev­ery dis­trict has an im­por­tant lo­cal or state elec­tion, not to men­tion the coun­ty­wide races for chair­man and sher­iff.

We rec­og­nize voter turnout will never be 100 per­cent, but we hope cit­i­zens re­al­ize the im­por­tance of cast­ing their bal­lot in these lo­cal races, which can truly be tossups.

Whether you be­lieve New­ton County re­mains mired in the mud of an eco­nomic re­ces­sion or is on the verge of a break­through, this is an im­por­tant elec­tion.

We’ll have an­other in­tense round of can­di­date cov­er­age lead­ing up to the Gen­eral Elec­tion, and, as al­ways, we in­vite you to send us ques­tions you want an­swered and is­sues you want cov­ered.

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