Nothing mundane about an election

To the editor:

Members of the Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Coalition have been accused of writing letters to the editor about “local, mundane issues.” As a coalition member, I’m here to tell you otherwise. The truth is, those local issues are hardly mundane and actually have the greatest everyday impact on us. Political changes that affect our lives the most, often happen in our own backyard.

As the New Hampshire primary approaches, we have a peek at how the presidential race might look in November. But as we approach Ohio’s March 17 primary election, it’s also important to take a look at the many local candidates and issues that are up for a vote. There are contested races for those seeking their party’s nomination to run for several county government offices. In addition, you’ll find levies for current expenses in Stratton, an ambulance equipment levy in Tiltonsville, a fire and EMS levy in Saline Township, school levies for Toronto and Southern Local and a bus service levy for the Eastern Ohio Regional Transit Authority. The good news is most are renewals so that means no new taxes.

Another reason to focus on the “mundane” local issues is that local politics do so much to help shape national policy. When you get informed and vote for local candidates who support your beliefs and values, the chance for your voice to be heard grows exponentially.

It’s so easy to learn about local issues this time of year, when candidates are out knocking on your door and holding meet-and-greet events. It’s also easier than ever to vote. If you’re not registered to vote, you have until Feb. 18 to take care of that. You can vote absentee by requesting a ballot from the Jefferson County Board of Elections office. Early voting starts Feb. 19 and is available up until election day at the board of elections. Or you can head to the polls on March 17. They’re open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. So, just do it. Vote your local ballot. There’s nothing mundane about it.

Marjie DeFede