EDITORIALS

Are local candidates dull?

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

As Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich battle it out for the GOP presidential nomination an argument can be made that they are sucking up the entire attention span that Woodford County voters have for politics.

John McGlasson, GOP chairman for the Livingston County Central Committee, said of the local races “So much of the focus has been on the presidential primaries many voters have not focused on the local races yet.”

That is a reasonable opinion.

However, it is also possible that the races for the 106th House seat and 53rd Senate seat have been so incredibly dull that voters have not yet taken notice. According to a recent poll Tom Bennett leads the pack in the 106th State Representative race with just 19 percent of the vote. The majority — 47 percent — are undecided. In the 53rd District race the undecideds jump to 52 percent.

Here’s a question — Can you name any of the candidates in either race?

If so, great. If not, don’t feel bad. It is not as if you have had a lot of exposure.

This paper just started covering the races in earnest this week. Perhaps it is the media’s fault. Or it is your fault? Or it is the candidate’s fault, or a combination of all three? This much is sure, the local candidates better not be dull once the focus is on them.