No question that the top of the ticket in this year's national election is polarizing. Some may be thinking of not voting for either candidate or simply not coming out to vote at all. That would be a shame.
There a number of competitive races all over the ballot and should not be overlooked or ignored by voters.
For example, take the very last race on the ballot, county commissioner 3rd District. Our Carroll County District 04 ( Moultonboro-Sandwich-Tuftonboro) pays 34% of the county tax levy. The commissioners play an important role in proposing budgets and making county policies and the general running of the county. Not voting for a candidate in this important office would be a shame.
Our county has been through a lot of turmoil in the past half dozen years and we need to put the past behind us and move the county forward.
Moving up the ballott, we have a race for county treasurer. I did not realize until the ballot came out that we had an independent/republican candidate in addition to Ken Hill who ran in the primary. Ken Hill will do an excellent job as our treasurer. It is an administrative office, not a political one, but it is an important one. The prior elected treasurer resigned early on due to the financial crisis. The treasurer, among other things, is responsible for the accountability of all monies belonging to the county, with a follow up report at the end of each fiscal year.
Moving up the ballot ( see where I am going with this, vote from the bottom of the ballot up) we come to State Representative District 8, the floterial district covering I believe 8 towns. William Marsh is on both sides of the ballot unopposed , but don't leave it blank. Vote for him anyway and show your support. I've met him twice and he will be a good legislator.
One more slot up the ballot and you come to my favorite race, the one I'm on the ballot for, State Rep for Carroll County District 04. Who to vote for? (Hint: the only candidate whose last name does begin with the letter "C.")
So, why not just start at the bottom of the ballot and work your way up? Fill in the correct number for each office, even in non-contested races, and support your local candidates for these very important local offices. Remember, local offices can have the most impact on your daily lives. Choose candidates that put their local constituents first.