This is just one man's opinion, but I think all the candidates running for office on the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners have much to offer. I don't think we can lose, no matter who wins or loses on Nov. 6. Of course, many others probably disagree with me. That's what makes this country great, right? Or at least one thing.
In case you missed the Oct. 2 election forum at Rifle City Council, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, there was a lot of good information to be gained for anyone planning to cast a ballot.
I was luckily asked to co-moderate the forum, which meant I got to share the questioning of the candidates before turning it over to the audience. And based on the answers I heard from the Republican incumbents, John Martin and Mike Samson, and their Democratic opponents, Sonja Linman and Aleks Briedis, they all sounded like they have definite goals and directions for the county.
Of course, there are differences in those goals and directions, as their always are in contested elections. It's all about which of those goals and directions resonate with voters. And at this point, I'm a little up in the air. But I have some time to study some more and find out which ones rise to the top, as all other responsible voters will do as well.
Elections have become, at least on the national level, so irritating and often downright mean, it's easy to lose interest. Unfortunately, we've seen that happen in past county commissioners races as well. I haven't heard of it happening in these two races so far, and hope it doesn't. Keep your punches above the belt and be civil are the two rules I think should apply to every candidate everywhere.
They did at the Rifle forum, and I hope that continues to be the case in these last few weeks. Registered voters should be getting their ballots in the mail, if that's how they chose to receive them, starting next week. Make sure you take the time to get educated and cast an informed vote. It's an important part of our system of government.
And if you don't think your single vote matters, just remember the 2000 presidential election that ended up decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Maybe that never would have happened if a couple thousand more voters in Florida had cast ballots.
Like I said, just one man's opinion.
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram. If you missed the Rifle forum, tune in to Rifle Community TV Channel 10 for repeat showings. Watch for the schedule on page 9 of each week's Citizen Telegram.