A profound day as Wake voters head to polls Tuesday

October 6, 2013 

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    Our endorsements Raleigh City Council

    Mayor: Nancy McFarlane

    District A: Wayne Maiorano

    District B: John Odom

    District C: Eugene Weeks

    District D: Thomas Crowder

    District E: Bonner Gaylord

    At-large: Mary-Ann Baldwin, Russ Stephenson

    Wake County school board

    District 1: Tom Benton

    District 2: Monika Johnson-Hostler

    District 7: Zora Felton

    District 9: Bill Fletcher

    Bond referendum

    Wake County schools bonds: Yes

    Raleigh transportation bonds: Yes

There is nothing more important to the future than public education, and the time has come for the residents of Wake County to step up and once again underline their support for schools by backing a school bond issue of $810 million that will build new schools, renovate others and provide for improved technology. This is an investment – and a needed one.

The News & Observer offers its endorsements in favor of the Wake school bond issue and of a $75 million transportation bond for Raleigh. We also endorse candidates for local offices, with the hope that voters will choose wisely people who will respond to their day-to-day needs as constituents and bring enlightened perspective to the issues of growth and efficient and forward-looking transit alternatives.

Traditionally, voter turnout absent a governor’s race and a presidential campaign is low, but local races can be even more important in so many ways. Please vote, regardless of whether you agree with our choices.

For the exercise of this right is the foundation of our great democracy, be it a local referendum or the choosing of a president. Make the time and take the time to be heard.

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