It's time to get serious about picking candidates

No matter how significant you view the problems facing Carson City, or any other Northern Nevada community, there's something to feel good about: There are a lot of people willing to step up and do their part to solve them.

Whether it's schools, public safety, attracting businesses or any of a number of other challenges, they're made worse this year by an economy stuck in neutral. Yet, in Carson City, voters have six mayoral candidates to choose from, most of them running for office for the first time. The story is almost the same in the Ward 4 Supervisor race, where we'll have five candidates to choose from.

In fact, there are few uncontested races this year, something we're taking as a healthy sign for the community. Other contested races on the primary ballot will be Supreme Court Justice, District Court Judge (Department 2), State Board of Education, and, on the Republican ballot, U.S. Representative, with Dean Heller against James W. Smack.

These candidates are doing their part, and now it's important that we do ours.

If you haven't registered to vote, you only have a few days left. The last day to register is Tuesday, and you have to do it at the clerk's office.

Then early voting begins on Saturday at 10 a.m., at the County Clerk's office, closing on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. You can also wait to vote until the primary election day on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The sample ballot you'll receive in the mail will tell you where to vote.

As for whom to vote for, we'll be doing our part to help you sort out the differences between all these candidates. They're completing the questionnaires provided by the Appeal, and their answers will be in Saturday's edition.

You can also research the candidates on the Access Carson City Web site,

This editorial represents the view of the Nevada Appeal Editorial Board


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