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Public forums are key

In two weeks voters will enter their respective polling places to cast ballots on various races.

One of the most important things a voter can do prior to Election Day is to gather all the information possible to make a knowledgeable decision. It is equally as important, however, for candidates to get their message out to potential voters.

That is why candidate forums are vital to our election process, as residents have the ability to gather information and ask questions to the candidates in person.

Seeing ads in the media only provide a small piece of the puzzle that is necessary to ultimately make a decision.

We encourage residents to attend the candidate forum from 6-8 p.m. today at Ohio University Southern’s Bowman Auditorium.

These forums, along with independently gathered information through a variety of sources, are the best option for each resident to make a decision on candidates and issues.

Additionally, The Tribune will publish its annual Election Guide on Sunday, Oct. 26, which features candidate profiles and responses to questionnaires that were provided to each candidate.

While the final say will rest with the decision of the voter, residents need to ensure they are informed and candidates need to explain why they are the best choice for the respective office.

Ultimately, it is imperative to ensure each opportunity is maximized during this process.