Editorial: Don’t forget to vote, Concord
In political circles, 2013 is what they call an off-off-year election. There are no presidential candidates on the ballot. There are no regular races for the U.S. House or Senate. But here in Concord, today is Election Day nonetheless. We urge readers to make time to vote.
There are races for mayor, the Concord City Council, the Concord School Board and some smaller municipal offices on the ballot today. The people you choose will have considerable power over the next two or four years: writing the city and school district budgets, determining your property tax rates, forging the future of the city on myriad fronts.
Will Concord make progress on ending, or even reducing, homelessness in the city? Will councilors make the right spending choices when it comes to paving long-neglected streets, taming traffic on Loudon Road, seeing the downtown redesign through to completion, bringing new life to Penacook Village and building a Heights community center? Will they react with budgetary creativity in the face of continued downshifting of responsibilities (and costs) from the state? Will they play an active role in mitigating the effect of both the new women’s prison and the Northern Pass on the city? These are just some of the issues likely to come before elected officials in the coming months.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re just tuning in, it’s not too late. You can read voluminous reporting on the election at concordmonitor.com/concordelection2013. You can also find a map of voting districts and polling places in the Nov. 3 Sunday Monitor.
Here is a recap of the Monitor editorial board’s choices in today’s contested races:
For mayor: incumbent Jim Bouley.
For two at-large council seats: Amanda Grady Sexton and Fred Keach.
For the Ward 1 council seat: Brent Todd.
For the Ward 2 council: Allan Herschlag.
For the Ward 3 council seat: Jan McClure.
For the Ward 4 council seat: Byron Champlin.
For the Ward 8 council seat: Gail Matson.
For the District C seat on the school board: Rusty Cofrin.
All nine of these candidates struck us as serious, smart and dedicated to civic improvement. Concord has done much right in the past several years. We believe these candidates would continue the city on a positive path.