Don’t lose sight of local elections

Friday, October 18, 2019

There’s much talk about national politics and the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

In fact, there’s so much political noise in our daily lives that it’s understandable why many have grown weary, cynical and jaded with the current political climate in Washington, D.C.

Be strong — we understand your struggle — but please do not lose sight of the importance of participating in upcoming local elections.

Earlier this week, the Park County Clerk and Recorder’s Office mailed ballots to voters in Clyde Park and Livingston. In Livingston, five candidates are vying for two seats on the Livingston City Commission.

In Clyde Park, meanwhile, three candidates are running unopposed for three seats on the Clyde Park Town Council. Jennifer Perry and Bob Queen are running for Clyde Park mayor.

Incumbents Melissa Nootz and Mel Friedman are defending their seats on the Livingston City Commission against candidates Jay Kiefer, Phillip Bowers and Patricia Grabow.

During recent interviews with The Livingston Enterprise, the City Commission candidates shared with reporter Nolan Lister their thoughts and concerns for the city, and the reasons why they are seeking office.

Issues mentioned by the candidates included bringing transparency and accountability to city government, building a new railroad crossing, updating the city’s growth policy, affordable housing, a new recreation center, growth and infrastructure — all important issues for Livingston residents. They’re also complicated issues that require accessible, thoughtful and level-headed local leaders. That is why it’s important to open your ballot and vote for the candidates you believe will get the job done. If you’re still undecided, plan on attending an upcoming forum to learn more about the candidates and hear about their thoughts on the issues impacting the community.

The American Association of University Women is sponsoring the forum for the Livingston candidates on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the City-County Complex Community Room.

Area voters will have plenty of time to ponder our national political landscape in the more than a year leading up to the federal election on Nov. 3, 2020.

But let’s also remember the importance of completing and returning a ballot for our upcoming local elections — no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

— Justin Post

Enterprise Managing Editor