Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 11, 2014

OUR VIEW: Big races might get attention, but this fall is key for area

GLASGOW — Since the May primary ended, the political focus as been trained largely on the mostly empty back-and-forth between U.S. Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes – discourse that we hope increases in substance as the temperature decreases and we head into the meat of the general election campaign.

The McConnell-Grimes race is understandably the headliner – it’s the biggest statewide race on the 2014 ballot, and it is considered by many pundits to be an important early indicator of how the 2016 presidential race might unfold.

As important as the U.S. Senate race is, however, we hope recent local events remind voters how vital Election Day will be here at home. Regular readers of this newspaper are aware that key issues abound. Economic development and jobs, fiscal oversight, long-term visions for the city and county and stewardship of public services – all will be part of the discussion as we move into November. The local ballot is flush with candidates, and we call on each to be willing to engage in frank, honest debate about the future of our governments.

In the coming weeks, minds will wander from the issues as schools resume, high school football kicks off and lives become more hectic with fall activities. That’s understandable and appropriate. But as the campaign picks up steam, let’s not be so consumed with the high-profile races that we neglect the choices we’re tasked with making locally. The offices might be smaller in stature, but their influence on our community will be significant.

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