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March 25, 2014

OUR VIEW: Cast your vote in city election

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater voters will be asked to decide who their next elected officials will be during the City Council election April 1. Early voting begins Thursday.

The city needs a better turnout in the general election than in the primary.

Stillwater has approximately 22,000 registered voters, but only 768 votes were cast in the three-candidate primary election for Seat 4. That’s fewer than 4 percent of the registered voters in Stillwater.

Incumbent Cody Scott will square off with Miguel Najera for Seat 4 while Pat Darlington and Jay Kuruvilla battle for Seat 3.

It would be a shame if a mere 4 percent of Stillwater voters ultimately decide who will be entrusted to make critical decisions on city issues.

The extended forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 75 degrees, so weather shouldn’t be an impediment April 1 when voting booths open across the city.

Stillwater residents have had ample opportunity to learn about the candidates as a result of numerous articles in the News Press and several public forums. Campaign signs have begun springing up around the city as election day gets closer. So residents should not be surprised the general election is fast approaching and who the candidates are.

Choosing to vote in the election means you are concerned about the welfare of Stillwater and are willing to take a few minutes out of your day to cast your vote.

City government has a direct affect on our daily lives. Decisions made at City Hall result in the condition of our city streets, the functionality of our sewer system, the collection of our trash and many other things.

Get informed and have a say in how your tax dollars are spent. Go vote.

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