Editorial: Competition is welcomed in Henderson
As fate would have it, the City Council races in Henderson lined up two opponents for each of the four seats on today’s ballot. We can’t express how grateful we are for that occurrence.
Had there been more candidates for any seat, we would have welcomed that as well.
We believe in competition, and the results of competition. The incumbents on the ballot are challenged, and a fuller, richer debate on issues has evolved.
When candidates have to respond, we learn more about them.
We find out where candidates stand on issues that matter to us.
We learn if they are capable of representing us, and we learn if they are capable of critical thinking. These are the most basic of elements once taught in schools, but too often these days lost in the winds of rhetoric.
Without competition, voters may feel their views are represented. When in fact, they may not know of other views and ideas that could be an improvement.
With competition back in place this year, The Dispatch was proud to partner with WIZS-1450 AM and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce for a candidate forum.
We also delivered profiles of the candidates the third week of September, being able to finish them more than two full weeks ahead of today’s Election Day, and also in front of the forum. The community was given the chance to ask questions at the forum, and only one day of early voting passed before all the profiles had appeared.
While we hope our effort helped inform voters, we’re most hopeful it produced constructive activity that will benefit the community no matter who wins the election.
We believe the public’s knowledge of who represents them to be of the utmost importance. And we believe in delivering that fairly without bias.
Elections don’t happen in every country. In ours, we fought and died for the right more than 200 years ago. Today, we vigorously argue legalities of who can vote and when.
But we never take the right to vote for granted. And we hope everyone finds a way to the polls today, casting a choice that will make a difference in Henderson.