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Field nearly set for 2011 election ballot

By the end of the day today the field will be set for the 2011 general election in November.

When voters head to the polls they must realize that odd-year elections are important in Ohio because the slate features mayors, council seats, school board posts and township officials.

Although these elected officeholders may not get the headlines or salaries that state officials do, they are still extremely important to our local communities and can have just as large of an impact.

The individuals who voters elect can have an instrumental role in shaping the policies and procedures that impact our lives in countless ways.

In some races the field of candidates offers few choices, something that is disappointing in that more people do not see the value in getting involved in local government.

This is likely to be somewhat of a reflection of the fear and uncertainty that these difficult economic times have created for both the public and the private sector.

Still, voters have to do their best to choose the most qualified candidates, the ones they feel will do the right things for the right reasons.

The 2012 U.S. Presidential race will continue to grab lots of attention — and rightfully so.

But we hope citizens do not overlook the importance of this November as well.