EDITORIAL: Make your vote count this Saturday

Take the time to go out and vote this Saturday, Nov. 19

With a mayoralty race and 46 candidates vying for spots on municipal councils, school boards and regional district electoral areas, the Nov. 19 civic election in Mission should be an interesting one to watch.

Whether voters will agree is an open question. With such a large number of people working for your support in the municipality, it will take citizens time and effort to vet all of them to see who is most deserving.

Is it worth it? Absolutely.

The people who sit in council chambers are ultimately responsible for the property taxes you pay, the street-level services you receive, and the development decisions that shape your community.

Those who serve on our local boards of education are trusted with ensuring an adequate learning environment is in place for society’s most precious resource: our children.

We urge you to take the time to research candidates and their positions on the issues that are important to you so you know where they stand.

To help with this onerous process, The Mission Record has been publishing all the profiles of the candidates vying for your votes in the past number of editions. If you missed any of them, they are all available at www.missioncityrecord.com under the Election tab.

And starting on page eight of today’s edition, you’ll find comprehensive stories on recent all-candidates meetings and some of the issues prompting these individuals to run.

Take the time to become familiar with the men and women running for office, and then — most importantly — get out and vote.