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We’ve been trying to remind you for the last several weeks that this day is coming. Primary Day is upon us. The election is looming.

To prepare for these important events, we, as a newspaper, have interviewed many of your candidates, and introduced them to you in detail. We have told you their names, their occupations, their platform issues, and the specifics of what they want to change in your communities. We have told you the reasons why they say they are running for public office.

In this coming primary, and in the subsequent November general election, the outcome carries a tremendous amount of weight for Colleton County. There are local leadership seats up for grabs.

Moreover, there are statewide and national seats up for grabs. All of these seats can change the way our county operates. State and federal funds for local projects and for schools are all on the table. Many issues stand to be impacted.

This is why we have repeatedly asked you to vote and told you how to vote.

As your local newspaper, we are going to take this a step further and remind you about why you should vote. Here is an overview of the comments that this newspaper has received via social media, in person in our office, and through correspondence via mail and letters to the editor throughout the last two calendar years. This includes our current calendar year of 2018.

Please take this to heart: if you have made any of these complaints – or even if you think they are ridiculous – you should know that the power to change or maintain these issues lies within you and your vote.

Common complaints and comments that we have received include (not verbatim):

Why are our roads so bad?; litter is a problem; traffic near Colleton Prep Academy is a nightmare; Highway 17A needs to have more water and sewer connections for businesses; why are buildings painted bright colors in the city?; another shooting?; this is why Walterboro is listed as a bad place to live; we always have something to do if you look for it!; the recreation center needs to expand to more outlying areas; the Wal-Mart parking lot is a concern to me; Where is the Starbucks going?; The road in Jacksonboro floods way too easily; What’s the status of the gang problem?; Colleton’s schools continue to be on the bottom of the list; school safety; when are we going to get better sidewalks?; Walterboro is a charming place to live.

Rethink these. Take note of what you think of your community. What do you want? Research your candidates. And then cast your ballots. The primary is here. The November election is coming.

Heather Walters (1319 Posts)