"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." -Thomas Jefferson, 1820.
We've been hearing from the presidential candidates for nearly two years now. And, while most of us are getting tired of all the pre-election rhetoric, mudslinging and sign-waving, it's time to hear from the candidates who probably more directly affect your life - our local candidates.
The Morning Journal and our news partners at WKBN Channel 27 FirstNews/Fox 17/62 are once again teaming up to try to inform the electorate. To help you learn more about the candidates who want to represent us on the national, state and county level, we are sponsoring our annual Candidates' Forum Wednesday in the auditorium of Lisbon's David Anderson High School.
Our event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature candidates for Congress, state representative, state senator, county commissioner, county treasurer, county recorder and county sheriff.
Those candidates who have indicated that they will be attending are: Charlie Wilson, Congress; Nick Barborak and Craig Newbold, state representative; Linda Bolon and Eldena Gearhart, treasurer; Theresa Bosel and Brenda Dickey Myers, recorder; John Wargo, Tim Weigle and John Payne, county commissioner Jan. 2 term; Joe Csonka and Jim Hoppel, Jan. 3 term; and John Soldano and Ray Stone, sheriff.
These forums give voters an up-close and personal view of the candidates and how the office seekers respond to questions about the issues they'll be facing should they be elected. Unlike the campaign ads and literature which provide only a favorable view of the candidate, these forums reveal how the candidates respond to the important, and sometimes controversial questions. So, if you're really concerned about being an educated voter, read our special election preview edition in Monday's newspaper and don't miss our forum on Wednesday.
Better still, submit a question for a candidate. There's a form inside today's newspaper to send your questions or you can e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday. Questions can also be submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on our website www.morningjournalnews.com. Please specify which candidate the question is for, then come to the forum Wednesday to hear the answer. You won't want to miss it - our forum is one of the best-attended events of the election season. Hope to see you there.