Elec­tion 2012

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Le­vie Mad­dox and Pam Dick­er­son on their runoff vic­to­ries Tues­day.

While Dick­er­son was elected to an­other term in of­fice, for Mad­dox and most of the rest of our lo­cal can­di­dates now is when the real deal be­gins.

There are more than two months be­fore the Gen­eral Elec­tion, plenty of time for can­di­dates to dif­fer­en­ti­ate them­selves from their op­po­nents and garner as many votes as pos­si­ble.

In 2008, New­ton as well as nearly ev­ery other county in the U.S., ex­pe­ri­enced his­toric turnouts given the pres­ence of Barack Obama in the elec­tion.

We hope that those vot­ers re­turn to the polls and are joined by even more Amer­i­cans. Our free so­ci­ety is best served by an in­formed and ac­tive elec­torate.

In prepa­ra­tion for the Nov. 6 elec­tion, The Cov­ing­ton News and the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce will spon­sor a forum for all lo­cal can­di­dates fac­ing op­po­si­tion in the Gen­eral Elec­tion on Oct. 6 at the Turner Lake re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity.

We’ll have more de­tails on this and other events in the com­ing weeks, in­clud­ing planned in-depth video in­ter­views for some lo­cal races. As al­ways, if you have ques­tions for the can­di­dates email them to Ed­i­tor Gabriel Khouli at gkhouli@cov­news.com or Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Hunter Hall at hhall@new­ton­cham­ber.com.

We’ll try our best to keep you in­formed so that you’ll be able to choose the can­di­date that most closely matches your be­liefs and can lead us down the road of pros­per­ity.

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