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The season is upon us. Baseball? Well yes, but the traditional opening pitch has been thrown, and there’s a connection to our subject here since President Barack Obama tossed out the first pitch for Major League Baseball when the Nationals battled the NL champion Phillies on April 5 in Washington.
Racing? Try again, because the wheels of a new motor sports campaign have been rolling on NASCAR, and even at our own Lancaster Motor Speedway.
Folks, we’re talking politics, where the major mascots are the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey.
Elections, starting with June primaries, will be the focus in the political arena in the next few months.
Those elections include races on the local, state and national levels. County Council and legislative seats will be in contention and draw much local attention. On the state level, South Carolina voters, to many Palmetto State citizens’ relief, will choose a new governor to launch a new era in Columbia.
The U.S. House and Senate seats will also be in contention.
Plenty of area folks will keep a keen eye on the U.S. Fifth District House race as 14-term incumbent Democrat John Spratt seeks to continue to serve the north-central S.C. district that includes Indian Land, Rock Hill, Gaffney, Lancaster and Bennettsville. Republican State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, who represents a large part of Lancaster County, has entered the Congressional race, so expect more than passing interest for this race.
Sports fans at the start of a new season often take time to get to know the major participants, coaches and players, by attending practices, fan days and researching the outlook through various media outlets.
We encourage voters to do likewise.
Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News will have upcoming stories on local candidates, both newcomers and incumbents, and political races, which will impact decisions to be made at the poll.
Get to know the candidates by doing political research and boning up on the campaign issues. Urge others to do the same.
The local papers will hold a political forum prior to the November elections as a platform to get acquainted with local candidates and their views. Watch for those upcoming dates and plan to attend, especially if you are new to the area and unfamiliar with, as they say in political circles, those who have “tossed their hats into the ring.”
If you are a newcomer, take the time to get registered by May 8 in order to get your voice heard.
Indications are the coming political season will again draw a groundswell of voters, much like we witnessed in 2008. Long lines at the polls were somewhat of a headache, but at the same time it was quite refreshing to see people taking an active part in the election.
That’s good because that’s the American way, a key component in our form of government. We urge you to be active. Know the candidates and the issues.
It’s your vote, so make sure you make it count.