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Millerton, it’s time to vote

Elections are just around the corner in the village of Millerton. Polls are open from noon till 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the Village Nutrition Center adjacent to Village Hall.

It’s an important day in the lives of all Millerton residents. Up for election are two village trustee seats, with three candidates running (though four were nominated in the Republican and Democratic caucuses) and the mayoral seat, with one candidate running who was cross-endorsed by both parties.

The fact that there is such a full slate of candidates is encouraging. Today, especially, many people have been turned off by politics — a direct reaction to what’s going on at the national level. But, as village Trustee and Democratic candidate Christine Bates said, village government is a far cry from national government — and Millerton is nothing like Washington, D.C.

Local politics, especially, pay little attention to party lines. The issues go beyond such partisanship — they touch upon the real needs of the local constituency — needs our local leaders can realistically address, no matter their party allegiances. In the village of Millerton, for instance, voters will have the opportunity to elect whomever they feel can best deliver on the issues that count: sidewalks, water, highway and recreation, to name a few.

Village life depends on how village government works. To weigh in on those operations, Millerton, make sure you vote. Those who don’t should not complain about the final results.

Voting is vital to our democracy. It’s a right that many have fought hard to protect — and one that we should honor and respect with each and every election.

The candidates running on March 21 are putting their best efforts forward. They are engaging with their community, showing civic pride and giving their time and their energy for the betterment of their friends and neighbors. For that they should be lauded. For the work that lies ahead of them, should they win, they should be thanked.

Make sure you do your part and get out the vote come Election Day. Remember, every vote counts — none more so than yours.