Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
Much of the political news this year will be dedicated to the presidential race, and that is no surprise. The race for president is the only one on the ballot for every American voter, and its importance goes without saying.
But while all of that attention is being focused on that race, we are reminded of the old saying that all politics is local. For Nevadans, the ballot brings not only federal officials but also a variety of candidates for state and local positions. In Clark County, voters will have the opportunity to vote in a wide range of races, from the Legislature to justice of the peace.
Given the number of races and the variety of positions, it can be dizzying to page through a sample ballot. In Clark County, the November ballot will include races for:
• Federal office: president and Congress;
• State Legislature: all of the Assembly and about half of the Senate;
• County commission: four seats;
• Judicial seats: District Court and Justice Court, all nonpartisan;
• Education: three seats on both the university system board of regents and the state Board of Education; four seats on the Clark County School Board, all nonpartisan.
This year, as we review the candidates for office and consider their positions, we’d like your thoughts about state and local races.
We’re curious about how you plan to pick candidates for these races, especially the nonpartisan races, and we’re interested in knowing which state and local races are important to you and why.
As well, we want to know what would you ask candidates running for the Legislature, the county commission or the school board. Should they win, what do you want them to do? What issues should the state and local candidates be focusing on?
We also want your help in framing the discussion on the opinion pages this election year. What issues are important to you? Are you satisfied with the way things are going? If not, what should or shouldn’t the elected officials be doing?
However, if you don’t care about the election or if politics has turned you off, let us know that as well.
We will use your responses as we consider the issues and the candidates. We will also publish a sampling of your responses to let the candidates know what you’re thinking. And we hope to ask the candidates some of your questions.
You can send your thoughts and questions to: “Election” c/o Letters to the editor, Las Vegas Sun, 2360 Corporate Circle, Third Floor, Henderson, NV 89074. Or send a letter via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or fax: (702) 383-7264.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Matt Hufman is editor of the editorial and opinion pages. On Twitter @MattattheSun.