A choice on election day

Political elections remain several months away, but we like what is happening in Chester.

It was announced earlier this week that those registered voters in the city of Chester will have five names to choose from in the mayoral race when they head to the polls on June 10.

Longtime incumbent Ken Morris, who has 14 consecutive years in office and 18 total, will face a challenge from a field consisting of Larry Forsythe, Cody Williams, Cindy Smith and Ed Schmidt.

It’s what we like to see – more people wanting to be involved in the running of their community.

Honestly, it’s frustrating to us when only the incumbent – for any post on either side of the river – runs unopposed.

All too often we hear of what officeholders are not doing or what changes need done in a particular community. But then nothing happens. No one runs for office. Plus very few head to the polls.

We acknowledge those five candidates in the Chester mayor race for stepping up to plate.

In West Virginia, the primary is May 13 with federal, state and county positions on the ballot. In Ohio, the primary is May 6 and again, federal, state and county positions will be jockeying for a spot on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

In addition, locally in Columbiana County, residents in both the Beaver Local and Wellsville school districts and those residents within East Liverpool City limits have levies on the primary.

It’s not too early to start doing your homework about candidates and issues.