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OUR VIEW: Important decisions in Tuesday's election

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Next Tuesday's spring election has plenty of excitement and will hopefully attract a large number of voters. It is a bit unusual, however, that the municipal contested races are outside the city of Hudson and village of North Hudson. All candidates in the city and village are running unopposed.

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The city, village and surrounding towns, however, will be impacted by the Board of Education election. Four candidates are vying for two seats on the board. The four candidates are Bruce Hanson, Jamie Johnson, Jeanette Kunz and James Schrock. The top two vote-getters will be elected.

With the issues, challenges and decisions involving the school district, this will be an important election and deserves the attention of all voters.

In municipalities, the town of St. Joseph has the most activity with three races -- one for chair and two for supervisor posts. Incumbent chair Dan Gavin is being challenged by Jay Kimble. Incumbent Supervisor 2 Jim Traeger is being challenged by Daniel Thompson; incumbent Supervisor 4 Rick Colbeth is being challenged by Keegan McConaughey.

The town of Hudson features two races for supervisor posts. Incumbent Supervisor 2 Tim Foster is being challenged by Rick Ottino; Incumbent Supervisor 4 Kernon Bast is being challenged by Clint Hetchler.

The town of Troy features a race for town chair. Incumbent Ray Knapp chose not to rerun for the post. Supervisor David Hense and former supervisor Dan Pearson are seeking the chair.

Remember, however, that even in districts with unopposed races, it is still important to vote. If voter turnout is extremely low, sometimes there can be strange results with a write-in effort.

There are also two important state races on the ballot.

For State Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Tony Evers is being challenged by a more conservative Don Pridemore.

For State Supreme Court, incumbent Pat Roggensack is being challenged by Ed Fallone. Although non-partisan, most view Roggensack as more conservative and Fallone as more liberal. The winner could determine the leanings of the court in future years.

Voters will also find some unopposed judges on the ballot.

Local candidates all have invested a lot of time, effort and money in seeking positions of service. The least we can do is vote and determine who should be elected.

Remember, national elections have the media glamour, but it's usually the local elections that will have the biggest impact on your life. Local municipalities generally have the most influence on the level of service citizens receive and the amount of property taxes that will be paid.

Vote on Tuesday. Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in all municipalities and close at 8 p.m.

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