Do homework, vote informed

Times-Reporter editorial board

It is time for Washington voters to decide what is important to them as we get ever closer to April 7 and election time.

Voting to elect a new city clerk, new city treasurer and several aldermen is an easy task, as those on the ballot are running unopposed.

Likewise, deciding on who should be on the board of education for school districts 50 and 51, the Washington Park District board and the Washington District Library board will also be an easy choice. Those running for those various positions are also running unopposed.

Any time there is a board of representatives that makes policy decisions for a set population, it is ideal for there to be more than one choice for who will fill the role.

In the case with the city, park district, library and school districts 50 and 51, no one else stepped up.

However, there are six candidates for only four seats on District 52’s board of education and six candidates for four seats on the Washington Community High School District 308 board of education.

Because the high school board of education sets the tone for all of Washington’s students as they grow ever further in their educational careers, it is good there are choices.

To give voters a chance to hear what these candidates have to say, the Washington Education Association is having a Meet the Candidate night at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school commons.

The purpose is to allow residents a chance to meet the candidates and hear what they believe they can do for the school and its students.

This is also a good chance to ask the candidates where they stand on certain issues, such as the proposed 1 percent Tazewell County sales tax increase and the $18.4 million renovation referendum.

This is an excellent opportunity for Washingtonians. They can hear what the candidates have to say and also ask the questions that are important to them.

So, Washington, take advantage of the opportunity.

Go to the Meet the Candidate night and ask the tough questions. Do your homework. Then, on April 7, vote for whom you think will best serve the high school and its students.

While you are at it, tour the high school at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and decide for yourselves if you should vote for or against the referendum.