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EDITORIAL: Your vote matters

York Dispatch

These aren't the political races that get national and international attention.

No one has spent the past four years campaigning to become a North Hopewell Township supervisor or mayor of Hallam. Chances are a newly elected person on the board of directors in Eastern York or Spring Grove school district or one of the other 12 local school districts with seats on Tuesday's ballot will not finish their term, either because they move out of the district or because they have other pressing responsibilities.

But these are the races that make a big difference in your life,

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The men and women chosen in Tuesday's primary election will make decisions on your property tax rate, what your children learn in school and whether the farmland across the road is rezoned so a trucking facility or warehouse can move in.

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Ask the people in Spring Garden Township who recently turned around a vote by their commissioners that would have built a new municipal complex that would have raised taxes by 1.132 mills.

Ask the people in West Shore School District who could see $247 million spent on new buildings and renovating old buildings over the next 12 years as grade levels change throughout the district.

Ask the people in the York County District Attorney's Office who will very likely see their next boss chosen in the Republican primary on Tuesday, since there are no Democrats running for a position on the ballot in November.


These aren't the sexy races, the ones you hear about on cable news channels and radio talk shows. But they are the ones that matter in day-to-day life.

Tuesday's primary election will most likely choose the next district attorney and county controller, since the men holding these offices are not running again. There are only Republicans running for both of those offices.

Voters in both parties will choose three candidates for judge on the Court of Common Pleas out of nine candidates who have cross-filed.

In York City, Mayor Kim Bracey faces city council president Michael Helfrich in the Democratic primary, with no Republicans stepping up to take the GOP spot on the November ballot.

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There are four Democratic candidates for three seats on the City Council, again with no Republicans running in the primary.

Across the county, slates of Republicans are running for township supervisor and tax collector positions, with no Democrats throwing their hats in the ring. The exception is Hellam Township, with two Democrats running for supervisor with four Republicans.

These are the people who will make the decisions that matter locally, making sure potholes are filled in and zoning regulations upheld. They will decide how much money property owners pay in taxes and how much is withheld from your paycheck for your school district.

Most importantly, they are your neighbors, the ones who want to lead your community.

This time, there aren't 130 million voters. Many of these races will be decided by less than 100 votes, and the majority will be decided now, not in the municipal election in November.

Make time on Tuesday to go to your polling place. Know the issues in your municipality and choose candidates who will mirror your values and sensibilities.

And wear your "I Voted" sticker as proudly in May as you did last November.

Editor's note: This editorial has been corrected to reflect that the November election is a municipal election, not a general election.