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For our community as a whole, there is no doubt about these are challenging times.

Those chosen this August and November to be local leaders will gather at their respective city and school board tables to make decisions on behalf of these particular governing bodies.

More than likely most of the decisions could pack a walloping punch on the wallets of taxpayers. It is up to the voters to ensure taxpayers get a just return on the entities’ investments.

Unfortunately, for some reason, the reality is that the local city and school elections have low voter turnouts. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but historically presidential elections carry the highest turnouts. Then the next in the turnout ranking are the gubernatorial elections.

I don’t know about most of you, but whenever I’m out and about — both socially and professionally — I hear more talk from people who are unhappy about something. These “somethings” range from bumpy roads to tattered flags attached to a flag pole downtown.

I do know for most of us it would be a lot more impactful to voice concerns to the local politicians we know. Be it a problem, suggestion, compliment or complaint. It’s a lot closer and easier to go to powers that be in the city, county, township or school board than to pack it up and go to Topeka or Washington, D.C.

However, in the big picture, we are privileged to live in a country where we can express our views to all levels of government. That is not even a possibility is some places.

The votes we cast have an ability to speak in loud volumes. Voting empowers the people. However, it only works when we make the effort to vote.

There are no small elected positions ... Although it is unknown to me what the future holds, I am sure it will be quite an enlightening experience.

Editor’s note: This column has been adapted from a piece originally published in 2015. The filing deadline for local elections was at Noon on June 1. Please ensure you will get to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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