Garner: Opinion

Editorial: Time to vet candidates

Election Day is a little under one month away. Now’s the time voters need to start paying attention to the candidates and their messages.

It’s important to listen to what they say and what they don’t say. Candidates are often reluctant to be specific about their stands on issues, preferring instead to denigrate their opposition. That says something about the nature of campaigning these days, but it also says something about their character.

If you get the chance to visit with a candidate ask him or her to talk about their views on issues that are important to you.

If the candidate is an incumbent, take a look at their voting record to see if their votes align with what you believe is good and proper. If the candidate has held other public offices, consider how they performed in that role. If the candidate is a first-timer, look for real-world experience that would indicate he or she is smart enough to grasp the complexity of legislating and leading a county or a state.

There is always a lot of ideology in an election and a lot of he-said, she-said. It’s important that voters cut through all that. It’s not a good idea to vote a party-line vote unless every candidate on that side of the ballot has voted the way you think they should on important issues.

The time is now to do your homework. Study the candidates. Be an informed voter when you go to the polls.