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Presidential candidates could learn in Fallon

the Lahontan Valley News Editorial Board

Once again, Nevada is in the national political spotlight. Fallon deserves some of the attention.

With the emergence of Nevada as a crucial swing state in recent elections, as well as the Silver State’s fast approaching Jan. 19, 2008 caucus, presidential candidates have begun criss-crossing the state in search of recognition, feedback, and of course, votes.

Elko has been courting candidates with unprecedented frequency. On Tuesday, Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate, made a campaign stop. Democratic candidate Barack Obama, who has set up in office in GOP-dominated Elko, was in the town last week. In June, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit Elko in 50 years, according to one local source.

We invite presidential candidates to make a stop in our fair community. Besides providing local residents a chance to see national political figures and creating a bit of history, campaign visits would allow candidates to receive feedback from salt-of-the-earth rural Nevada residents.

Our community has a lot to offer presidential contenders. Churchill County is home to one of Nevada’s largest agricultural sectors. Our area’s military resources are vital for our country’s defense. Issues related to natural resources, the use of federal lands, illegal immigration, national defense, veterans, drug policy and farm subsidies are important topics for our area, among others. Our residents are forthright and opinionated in their beliefs, and they deserve a chance to share their concerns with those who might lead our country.

As Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday following the announcement that John Edwards was removing campaign staff from Nevada, “Any candidate who chooses to ignore Nevada and its rich diversity does so at their own peril.”

That’s also the case with Fallon, and presidential candidates would be wise to share their visions amid the scrutiny of our community.

• This editorial first appeared in the Lahontan Valley News.