Do not squander your chance to vote |

Do not squander your chance to vote

Voting is a privilege too Americans take for granted. If there is one lesson to be learned from the election of 2000 in Florida, it is that every vote does count.

Tomorrow is your chance to make a difference. There are myriad races that will affect our future for more than the four years a person is in office. There are issues in California and Nevada that will have fiscal and moral ramifications.

We have made our choices for critical offices and issues that specifically pertain to South Shore residents. We do not care if you agree with us; we only care that you vote.

But if you want our help, here is a recap on who we are endorsing in the Nov. 5 election. We came to these decisions by inviting candidates from the races we endorsed to be interviewed by an editorial board.

All of the candidates chose to be interviewed in person. The board ranged from three to five people; consisting of three editors, a reporter and the publisher.

After all the candidates for each office were interviewed, each board member gave his or her opinion as to why a particular candidate should get the Tahoe Tribune’s endorsement.

n For South Lake Tahoe City Council we endorse challengers Kathay Lovell, Michael Phillips and John Upton.

n For Douglas County Commission we support incumbent Don Miner.

n The three El Dorado County judgeships come down to runoffs between six newcomers. In Office 1 we endorse Mary Muse; Office 5 we support Daniel Proud; and for Office 6 we want David Becker.

n For California Assembly we endorse incumbent Tim Leslie.

n For El Dorado County district attorney we support challenger Erik Schlueter.

n In California, we support Proposition 47 — the school bond that will benefit Lake Tahoe Unified School District and Lake Tahoe Community College.

n In Nevada, we believe Question 2 — which would ban gay marriage — should be defeated with a no vote.

n In South Lake Tahoe, we believe Measure Z — which will raise the transiency occupancy tax and business license fees — should be approved.

Clearly, with both states having gubernatorial elections, it is imperative everyone get out to vote. Our future depends on you making well-thought out decisions tomorrow.

If you need more information besides what is provided in the voter pamphlets, reread the Tahoe Tribune. We have written profiles on all of the candidates for each office we endorsed. We have provided both sides of Measure Z.

It does not take much time to vote, but it does take each of our votes to make a difference.

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