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Aug. 17, 2016

Your opportunity to make a difference

By Councilmember Rick Heumann

The campaign signs are out and the Primary Election is close at hand. And for many of us, that means a trip to the mailbox with our early voting ballot or to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Many people don’t realize that voting in the Primary Election is extremely important because a City Council candidate has the ability to be elected outright. Or, in the case of the State Legislative races, a candidate running unopposed, may also be selected outright if he or she receives enough votes. Consequently, voter participation in the August Primary is critical to have a voice.

There is  some misunderstanding come election time that Independents cannot vote in primary elections. As an Independent myself, I want people to know that their votes are critical, and you can ask for a “City-Only” ballot at your polling place on election day.
 
This year, Chandler voters have the opportunity to elect as many as three new Councilmembers (there is one incumbent running in this year’s race and three open seats).
There also is Proposition 493 on the ballot. This is the update of the City’s General Plan. Every 10 years, we are required to update this important planning document. A citizen committee worked on this plan for close to a year, and it was approved to go to the ballot by our Planning Commission and the City Council. More than 50 public meetings and workshops also were held to discuss the plan. 

Local elections are an essential component of our cities – and our nation’s liberty. Whether voting early or on Election Day at a polling site, I encourage you to do your own research and make an informed decision on the issues and candidates. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your voice be heard. For more information, visit the City’s website at chandleraz.gov, or call our City Clerk’s Office at 480-782-2180.