The votes that we cast in the election booth are important decisions that, in most cases, we live with for 2, 4, or 6 years to come. These decisions almost always have an impact on the livability of our community, the health and safety of our family, and quite possibly our own individual future.
It is important that we work to ensure that all citizens of our county are encouraged to participate in elections in an educated and meaningful way. It is not good enough to just mark the candidate whose name we recognize, or who shook our hand, but we must make decisions based upon the candidates qualifications, record of community and/or public service, and their stated responses to questions and issues that we find important.
For this reason, the Chamber holds a Candidates Forum for each election to allow the citizens of Scotland County to make an educated and informed decision when going out to the polls.