Quick: name the level of government with the most impact on your day-to-day life. If you said local, give yourself a gold star. From garbage collection to water to streets, your city or county have the most impact on your quality of life. Today, most voters in Utah (excluding county-dwellers like yours truly) have the opportunity to shape those decisions for the next four years. Many of the elections can be swayed with just a handful of votes.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t even bother to show up to pick our mayor and city council. Turnouts for municipal elections can be down in the teens. Of those that show up, too many will make their decision based on campaign signs and personalities rather than important questions of city services and taxation. With the impact you can have on your local elections and therefore your day-to-day life, you have a responsibility to research the candidates and make your choice at the ballot box. That also comes with the responsibility to talk to your neighbors and make sure they are doing the same.
Too many of us get caught up in the highly visible state and federal elections and ignore what’s happening in our own backyards. Let’s do our best to change this.