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Hurtling toward election day

The Chronicle put together its annual voters’ guide the past couple of weeks, and it is included in this week’s issue.
We had mixed results with responses. We know this is a busy season with the harvest, and we know some candidates who are running unopposed may not feel the need to campaign hard. There also is the chance that our questionnaires got lost in the general busyness of our daily lives.
We do appreciate those who took the time to fill out our questionnaires and return them to us. We hope the information they contain will help voters make informed choices as they cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election.
We also attended three candidate forums this election season, one prior to the primary election and, last week, one in Glencoe and one in New Auburn.
While we appreciate the forums, those in the audience sometimes pose “loaded”questions designed to elicit certain responses. Which doesn’t mean that there was not good information and opinion coming out of those forums, because there was. Like the answers provided in our questionnaires, each person needs to wade through the responses and decide which best fits with their own views of how our country, state, county, city and school districts should operate.
We hope you take away information from both formats that will prove useful as you head to the polls.
We also appreciate the number of candidates who have come forward and expressed a willingness to step up for their fellow citizens. It is not an easy thing to serve in public office. It is often a thankless job with more complaints than compliments. We are especially grateful for the number of younger people who are willing to put their name on the ballot. As our staff proofed our election guide, there were several comments about how refreshing it is to see people in their 20s who are just as interested in giving back to their communities as they are in taking from them.
As we roll on toward election day, we also ask you to remember our election letters policy: on the last issue before the election, which will be next Wednesday, (Nov. 2), we will only accept letters that directly address issues that have been raised in prior letters. We will not be accepting any other election-related letters because there will not be another opportunity to respond to them before the election.
— L.C.