Use Power of Vote In Local Elections

Neither President Donald Trump nor West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will do anything about the potholes on the streets in your town or city. Only your mayor and city council can take care of them, so selecting the best people for those posts is important.

If you are a registered voter in Weirton, Bethany or Triadelphia, you can have a say in that this Tuesday. Municipal elections are scheduled that day in all three communities. Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Both Weirton and Bethany feature contests for mayor and some council positions. In Triadelphia, there are single candidates only for mayor and recorder, but only three candidates are on the ballot for four open council seats. That means write-in votes will be critical.

Weirton has the most important election because, in addition to municipal offices, proposed changes to the city charter are on the ballot. That document governs everything the local government does.

Turnout for local elections usually is very low. That is puzzling, given the impact of such balloting. If you can vote in Weirton, Bethany or Triadelphia, we urge you to do so on Tuesday.

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