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Published November 04 2013

Forum editorial: Help chart future of Moorhead

It’s Election Day in Moorhead. While elections come and go, and some are more important than others, a case can be made that the results of today’s balloting will establish a direction for Moorhead for at least the next four years. Therefore, residents of the city who are concerned or satisfied or even noncommittal about Moorhead should vote. A big turnout is always a sign of a healthy town.

Candidates for mayor and City Council have, for the most part, conducted active and civil campaigns. Whether during debates, radio interviews or profiles in The Forum, the candidates touted their qualifications without unnecessarily criticizing opponents. It would be a good thing for Moorhead if the civility and substance of the campaign were carried into council meetings, no matter who wins.

Another positive sign that Moorhead can be a vibrant and progressive city is the number of people on the ballot. In addition to four running for mayor, there are contests in each of the four wards. No one will slide into office without opposition, and that’s healthy for the city.

The weather looks typical November – chilly but not wintry. There are sufficient polling places (see map in today’s Forum) so access for voters should not be a problem. Get out and vote today. This election is among the city’s most important in recent years. Be a part of Moorhead’s future by expressing your wishes at the ballot box.

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