Election season is about to kick into high gear.

Candidates will sign up Wednesday through Friday for the Nov. 6 elections, which will include a host issues and races at the local, regional and statewide levels.

We already know the issues that will be on voters’ ballots, including several tax elections and a parish-by-parish referendum on allowing fantasy sports gambling.

But through the rest of the week, we will learn of all the people who will vie for political office. At the local level, that means the seats on the school boards as well as the City Council and mayor in Thibodaux.

There will be stories in the newspaper and on our websites, houmatoday.com and dailycomet.com, detailing all the information you can use to help you make good, informed decisions.

This week, as candidates sign up to run, look through the list each day and make note of who is running in your districts.

This is an exciting time to take part in our own government. We and our neighbors select the people who will represent us on boards, in courts and on councils.

For the people who are bravely and selflessly offering to serve, this is an opportunity to open yourself up to public scrutiny and share the reasons you have decided to take this huge step.

It is no small feat to serve the public. These are people who are willing – often for little compensation – to do the most they can with the public’s resources, all the while fielding comments and critiques from their constituents.

Whichever candidates you decide to support in the coming months, be courteous and respectful to all the people who are taking such an active role in our government. Listen to what they have to say and ask them your own questions. You will be glad you bothered to learn so much about the issues that will affect all of us.

The cynics among us tend to think the worst of politicians in general. But at the local level in particular, these are the people we see when we go out to eat, attend church or head to work. These aren’t faceless officials in faraway offices.

Remember that these are folks who want to make a difference and think they can. That is a noble calling and one that deserves our admiration and appreciation.

To vote in the Nov. 6 election, register in person or by mail by Oct. 9 or online at sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting by Oct. 16.

 

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