Here we are again in another general election season. There are a number of important races on the ballot, and especially for the city of White Salmon.
The White Salmon City Council has two council seats up for grabs, and voters need to select who will represent them and serve the city over the next four years. Voters need to choose between Mark Peppel or Darlene Johnson for council Position No. 4; and between Anthony Coulter and Troy Wamsley for council Position No. 5.
On a five-member City Council, two council members can help sway the council one way or another, so it is important for voters to choose carefully who they think is best to represent them.
In the city of Bingen, although there are no contested races for City Council or for the mayor's seat, still it is vital for citizens to turn out and either show support with your votes, or, if you don't like the choices, go ahead and write-in someone you believe would be better.
As always, the main thing is not who you vote for, but that you vote.
There are a fistful of other races to be decided, including who will serve on the various local school boards, fire district commission races, seats on area community councils, and others. And there are two statewide ballot measures on the ballot as well.
So please fill out and return your ballots to the county Auditor's Office by the Nov. 3 deadline. To make it easier, there is a drop box for ballots between the White Salmon post office and the Pioneer Center building. Ballots will be collected there until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Vote -- it's the American way.