Pay attention | Editorial

Something very curious happened at the election forum last week.

After the Orcas candidates spoke and answered questions, a fair amount of islanders left – before the San Juan candidates could even start their opening sentences.

We'd like to remind everyone that the upcoming primary and general elections are county-wide. Voters should care just as much about candidates on their home island as those running from a neighboring community.

With the passage of the charter amendments this past November, our council will consist of three members. When you get your ballot for the February primary, ALL county voters will decide who moves forward from District 1, San Juan and surrounding outer islands, and District 2, Orcas and its outer islands. Then in April, ALL county voters will vote on two candidates from District 1, District 2 and District 3, which includes Lopez and its surrounding islands.

Please be engaged with these elections. Your vote reaches farther than the boundaries of your home island.

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