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Early interest in fall elections is promising

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Today marks the second day of the filing period for fall municipal elections, and already more than a dozen candidates have thrown their names in the hat for a variety of races.

That’s a promising sign.

All of us should be paying attention. Nothing affects local residents and communities like local government. Local elected officials have a hand in many of the services and decisions that affect our daily lives, ranging from water and sewer rates, to taxes, to garbage collection, to zoning requests.

It is important that we have a strong, diverse group of candidates to compete for the available offices and positions.

It’s also important for us to pay attention during the campaign season so we can make informed decisions when it comes time to vote.

We should all work to promote discussions about the candidates and their ideas.

Fourteen people filed Friday during the first day of the filing period.

Rocky Mount City Councilwoman Chris Miller and City Councilman Lamont Wiggins have signed up to run for re-election. So have several other incumbents who serve in offices in the Twin Counties.

We’re excited to see so many people taking an early interest in the fall elections.

The filing period continues through noon July 19, but we encourage people who are interested in running for one of the more than 50 public offices that are up for election this fall to sign up early.

Municipal elections for Rocky Mount, Dortches and Sharpsburg are scheduled for Oct. 8, and all other municipal elections in the Twin Counties will take place Nov. 5.