Voting is the right choice

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Tuesday is Election Day in Valencia County. Voters in all four municipalities — Belen, Bosque Farms, Los Lunas and Peralta — will head to the polls, if they haven’t already done so via early or absentee voting, to choose their respective mayors, councilors and judges.
While these non-partisan, municipal campaigns don’t attract the attention like national or state races, they’re actually much more important to every-day citizens and their needs.
Local elected officials are making decisions that affect our most basic and necessary needs, such as water, sewer and roads. They enact local ordinances that we all should be aware of — whether its a sign ordinance or raising our rates.
In Belen, two at-large council positions are at stake. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected to serve on the city council. Those running include David Carter, Wayne Gallegos, Audrey Torres, Ronnie Torres, Dubra Karnes-Padilla and A. Terese “Tinky” Ulivarri.
In Bosque Farms, Robert Knowlton is the sole candidate for mayor, while Wayne Ake and Dolly Wallace are running for the two council seats. R. Lar Thomas is the only candidate running for municipal judge.
In Los Lunas, voters will go to the polls to determine who will represent Districts 1 and 3. Helen Y. Cole and Amanda M. Perea are running for the District 1 position, while incumbent Gerard Saiz is running unopposed for the District 3 seat.
In Peralta, Edward Archuleta and Bryan Olguin are both running for mayor, Tracy Aragon and Lorenzo Moya are candidates for the two open council positions, and David Young and Claudio Moya Jr. are vying for the municipal judge position.
We encourage everyone in these municipalities to go out and vote Tuesday, even for those candidates who are running unopposed. It is our duty — our privilege — to exercise our rights to vote.
We also applaud all of these candidates who are running for municipal offices for wanting to make a difference in their communities. While everyone can’t run for political office, we should follow their example and get involved.