October is usually a great month to enjoy life. Fall weather is generally cool, but comfortable. Soups taste good. Pies taste better. Television series have started to air new episodes. Halloween planning brings out your creative spirit. The kids are finally set in their school routines. And hopefully, the first snowfall is still a few weeks away.
October is a wonderful month to let life happen. It’s a wonderful month to curl up on the couch under a warm blanket.
But don’t get so caught up in relaxing that you pull the wool over your own eyes!
This is an important month to plan on how you will make some big decisions. It’s an important month to familiarize yourself with city issues and city candidates, especially in Nevada and Zearing. Nevada and Zearing have contested races going on in both their mayoral races and for City Council.
In Nevada, three people are running for the office of mayor. In Zearing, two people are running for that office.
In Nevada, the Ward 4 council position is being sought by two candidates. In Zearing, seven people are running for three open seats on the city council.
This means on Nov. 5, residents of Nevada and Zearing have important decisions to make, and it’s best not to wait until the last minute to think these things through.
A great resource for familiarizing yourself with the candidates is the Story County Auditor’s website, found by going to storycounty.com. There you will find information about the candidates and how to reach the candidates. You will also see how to vote early if you can’t vote at the given places on Election Day.
The Nevada Journal Reader Advisory Board — which always welcomes members from the community who would like to meet with us and help us determine some of the things we want to cover in our newspaper — sat down recently and discussed what we should do to cover the city elections. It was the decision of the board and editor of the newspaper that this year the newspaper will focus on running profile pieces on the contested races only. That way, we are giving our space and time to those races where decisions must be made by voters.
All candidates running in a contested race have been either contacted through email, through a phone call or through regular mail with questions that the Journal would like to have answered so that we can share those answers with our readers. We have also invited all candidates in contested races to submit a photo to us, so that we can let readers know who is who.
The Journal has been in contact with all candidates in Nevada. Each of them is now aware that they have been invited to participate in our candidate question- and-answer articles and the deadline for returning information to us. All Zearing candidates were sent this information by mail. If any candidate in Zearing needs anything further, they are encouraged to call the Journal office.
Residents of these communities are encouraged to watch for our upcoming question-and-answer pieces, which will also pull together some basic information about each candidate, like their age, family members, occupation, etc. We hope that by running these types of profiles, voters will gain valuable information about how they wish to vote in the upcoming election.
Enjoy October, but also remember that October is your time to learn about how you want to vote. Read the newspaper, talk to your neighbors, seek out all you can online. Be sure that you are going to the polls on Nov. 5, confident that you are placing your vote for the candidate or candidates who you feel will best serve your community.