The Publisher's Desk: So you want to elect an official?

In my 10 years of voting, local elections have always been easier to follow than national elections. 

There are fewer sources writing about these elections, so if you want to know who to vote for, reading your local paper (hey, that’s us) and following campaign facebook pages will give you most of the information you need.

Also, because they are local, you can always contact that person directly and know they’ll likely get back with you to answer your concerns. 

State and national elections, on the other hand, are harder to follow. 

Who do you trust? Where do you look? If you call them on the phone, will they ever call you back?

I’ve never tried to call a state official to ask about campaign information — maybe they would call you back.

If you tried to call Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, I’m guessing not. 

So, if you’re interested in how to find more information on the candidates in the U.S. Senator race or the Texas gubernatorial race, or any of the many other national or statewide elections, in the March 6 primaries, here’s my advice on how to do it. 

First, we certainly try to run as much information as possible on statewide and national elections in the pages of the Dublin Citizen. You’ll see more of this for the March 6 primary as it gets closer. 

But because of limited space and the sheer number of candidates, we can’t do statewide and national elections justice. So, as we always do, I encourage you to do some supplemental research online. 

For example, if you aren’t sure who is running, you can always access the entire ballot at the secretary of state’s website. 

The website has a “Voting What” page — www.votetexas.gov/voting/what.html — that has links to specific elections. 

For the March 6 primary, you can click on the link “2018 Primary Election Public Office Candidate Listing.” On the next page, you can select “Erath County” to see a full list of candidates vying for your vote on the Erath ballot.

Many of the candidates also list contact information, phone numbers or emails, if you want to try to get a hold of them. 

So you have a full picture, I’m going to briefly list my next suggestions. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll discuss these suggestions with more detail. 

Ballotpedia.com is a good source of information. 

Third, the Texas Tribune’s databases can often have useful information concerning upcoming elections.

Fourth, campaign websites can sometimes give you insight into candidates. 

Finally, any chance you have to hear candidates speak live is a great opportunity. 

Scott Dykowski is the publisher of the Dublin Citizen and can be reached at 445-2515 and publisher@dublincitizen.com.

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