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Pat Kovash, Moorhead, Published November 01 2013

Letter: Keep local focus on local elections

As a dedicated Moorhead business owner, I have numerous concerns about the effort to change the city council elections to even years. Even-year city elections will allow national issues to take precedence over our important local issues. The change will hinder the not well-known citizen the opportunity to serve because of the ballot length and confusion.

For example, in a recent election, a school board candidate was elected who had moved out of the area. This indicates a lack of focus on local issues. In addition, the cost of recognition on even-year elections is greater and favors the incumbent as well as the better-financed candidate. Is this what we really want for our City Council?

The cost savings that drowns out the local issues and increases the cost for residents to enter the race is not worth the 50 cents cost per resident per election. I wish for all city candidates to have the opportunity to be heard and to focus on local issues. I feel that Moorhead residents deserve to be on the top of the ticket and receive the full attention of all the candidates for the important local issues and not to be a part of a toxic political environment. It isn’t a Democrat or Republican decision – it’s a Development and Results issue.

I respectfully encourage the Moorhead residents to vote “no” on this measure. Our success as a community needs our issues to stand alone.