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The filing deadline recently passed and now Utahns know who'll be running for office in cities and towns throughout the state. It means the campaign season for off-year municipal elections is underway in earnest.
KSL urges Utahns in every affected community to take note.
In politics there is a natural tendency to focus on so-called glamour races. Those running for national and statewide office generally get plenty of attention. Yet, when it comes to the nuts and bolts of our democracy, indeed to basic concerns such as zoning issues and potholes, the importance of municipal elections cannot be overstated. Utahns will be electing those public servants who are closest to home - who determine when garbage will be collected, which streets will be repaired, and where new subdivisions can be built.
Frankly, municipal elections should generate far more voter interest than they typically do. Yet, rarely is voter apathy more apparent than during these off-year exercises in basic democracy.
KSL hopes this year is different.
We encourage residents in every city and town to become familiar with the candidates and the issues. Be prepared to narrow the field during the primaries on September 11, and then decide who you'll vote for in November. The process may be fundamental, but it is one that really matters.