Show your candidate support with letters

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By The Staff

Today is the first official day of fall, also known as the autumnal equinox. That’s when the sun will be directly over the Earth’s equator, making the length of day and night equal from pole to pole.

Fall is usually marked with cooler temperatures and vibrant beauty as the fall foliage puts on its annual colorful display.

However, that colorful display could be impacted by the high temperatures and extreme dry spell we are experiencing. The weather forecast calls for extended heat, no rain and temperatures in the 90s.

Also heating up across the nation is the campaigning for the Nov. 2 general election. Usually the campaigning gets into full swing right after Labor Day. It is hard to believe the election is just a little more than five weeks away.

Several weeks ago, we encouraged readers to educate themselves about the candidates running for various seats in the local, state and national races. And to find out where they stand on issues important to them.

We also encouraged folks to write letters of support for their candidate. We continue to encourage you to do so. Please don’t send form letters. Form letters are an organized letter-writing campaign where the letter is prewritten and you just sign your name. There is not a whole lot of effort there.

In your own words tell us why you support your candidate. Outline the reasons why he or she is the best candidate for that position. We will publish the letters as we have space and in the order they come. We ask that you keep your letters between 300-400 words. You can also submit a photo of yourself if you want to.

The deadline for submitting election letters to the editor is 5 p.m. Oct. 22. The last day we will print election letters is Oct. 27. We will not print election letters in the Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 editions.

Remember, you must be registered to vote in the Nov. 2 general election. If you have not registered you still have time to do so.

You have until Oct. 2 to register. The Voter Registration Office is located in the County Administration Building.

You will also have an opportunity to meet the candidates at a couple of candidate forums. Duke Energy, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and The Lancaster News will be presenting the forums on Oct. 19 and Oct. 25. The forums will be held at the Bundy Auditorium at USCL.

The races featured in the Oct. 19 forum are County Council District 4 seat, S.C. House of Representatives districts 44 and 45, the governor’s race and the U.S. House District 5 race. The Oct. 25 forum features the Lancaster County School Board of Trustees District 1, City Council districts 1 and 5 and the mayor’s race.

We encourage you to come to both forums and meet the candidates running for these offices. It is highly important that you take an active part in this election.