2001-06-09 / Editorial/Opinion

You’ve Got To Pay Attention

The election "silly season" has begun anew with the deadline for filing for public matching funds. This year brings us a historic election. Term limits has effectively wiped out all our city council members as well as our borough president. Since it has historically been virtually impossible to beat an incumbent for any of those seats, this year presents a window of opportunity that will not open again for at least eight years. That is why we have eight people running for the City Council seat being vacated by Al Stabile in the 32 District and 13 people running for the City Council seat being vacated by Juanita Watkins in the 31 District. That is why we have five people running for the Queens borough president seat being vacated by Claire Shulman. It is much too early to endorse any of the candidates for any of the offices, but it is not too early for all of us to pay attention to what the various candidates say, what they stand for. In a democracy, voting is the critical element. We should have learned from the last presidential election, farcical as it was, that every individual vote does count. Read about the candidates. Go to hear them at forums and meetings. Speak with them. Challenge them. Look at their records. Then make a decision based on the facts and go out and vote. It might all be up to you.

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