Is that ballot still sitting on the coffee table, mixed with other mail you’ve been planning to open? If so, it’s time to get it out, grab a pen or pencil, your voters pamphlet and get to work. You’ve only got two days to fill it out and turn it in.
Oregon may not be a battleground state in the deadlocked presidential election, but your vote will count in a number of important races. Everyone in our county has a say in the 4th congressional district and Oregon legislative races; many will choose their city’s council members and mayors, and some will decide the fate of fire district bonds. These are votes that will affect how you are represented and for some, how much you will pay in property taxes. Remember, if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t complain about the outcome.
The News-Review highlighted the local races and bond levies in its news coverage prior to the ballots being mailed out. Those stories can be viewed at nrtoday.com/elections2012.
In several races, The News-Review Editorial Board had an opportunity to interview both candidates on major issues. We followed those interviews with endorsements indicating who we thought was the best choice for the office.
Today, we recap those endorsements in an effort to be helpful to our readers.
U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District: Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield.
Oregon Secretary of State: Knute Buehler, Republican challenger
Oregon Senate District 1: Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg
Oregon House District 7: Bruce Hanna, R-Winchester
Douglas County treasurer: Jim Rudolph
Roseburg mayor: Larry Rich
Following are local candidates running unopposed who also deserve a vote:
Oregon House District 2: Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg
Douglas County sheriff: John Hanlin
Douglas County clerk: Patricia Hitt
Remember, it’s too late to put your ballot in the mail, so be sure to take it to one of the drop boxes near you or to the county courthouse. That’s a good choice for those who miss going to polling places. Walking up the steps of the courthouse is a good reminder of the importance of this process for our country. Be sure to get it there by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
We hope all registered voters in Douglas County inform themselves on the candidates and the issues and each submits one valid ballot. It’s always gratifying to see a high voter turnout locally.
Of course, we have to admit we’ll be pleased to see this election season come to an end so the airwaves can return to advertisements that don’t involve political candidates. Furthermore, we hope the campaign signs dotting yards and roadways will come down promptly so we can enjoy, unobstructed, the beautiful fall colors in the hundred valleys of the Umpqua.