A variety of options for public office is key

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It’s great to see so many people throw their hats in the ring to run for public office this year.

A variety of offices and positions at all levels of government that represent residents in the Twin Counties are up for election. Many of them have contested races, which bodes well for an exciting campaign season.

Democracy is at its finest when people have choices as to who will represent them. More candidates means more discussion and more debate about the issues that affect our communities, which is always a positive thing.

A number of local residents have signed up to run for public office, including both political newcomers and incumbents. We look forward to hearing more about their goals and ideas in the weeks and months ahead.

As the campaign season progresses, we encourage people to take time to get to know the candidates and what they stand for before the May 6 primary and the Nov. 4 election.

After all, voting is a privilege and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

Local residents no doubt will have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the candidates in the coming weeks by reading about them and their stances on issues or by attending political rallies or debates. Two such events are coming up this month.

The Nash County Republican Party will hold its convention and precinct meetings at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Nash Community College, and the Nash County Democratic Party will hold its spring rally March 27 at the Momeyer Ruritan Club.

Both events would be a great way to meet some of the candidates who are running to try to represent our area.