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Editorial: We’ve got you covered this election

We don’t mean to alarm you, but Election Day is less than a month away.

The year also ends with an odd number, which means it’s time for residents to select their local leaders. That’s exciting not only because local news is what we do here at Spotlight News, but because the upcoming election will provide our readers a chance to pick the people who make policies that will most directly impact their lives. Though picking a president or congressperson is a big deal, to be sure, it is your councilperson who handles the things like property taxes, potholes, emergency services staffing and leaf collection.

So we are very pleased to announce we’ll be doing more than ever this local election season to prepare voters to make an informed choice come Nov. 5. In addition to providing coverage of the races, we’ll again be partnering with the Albany County League of Women Voters and other local sponsors to hold a series of candidate forums.

These events will provide the opportunity for you, the voters, to ask questions of the candidates. We hope you’ll attend and use what you hear and see when you make your decision at the polling place.

In the Town of Colonie, we’ll be holding two debates this year thanks to help from the Colonie Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 400 Old Loudon Road, Latham, we’ll have Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan and her Republican challenger Todd Drake for a breakfast program from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There is a $20 cost associated with this event to cover the breakfast, and registrations can be made through the Chamber’s website at www.coloniechamber.org/events.

A week later, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Holiday Inn Albany at 205 Wolf Road, Albany, we’ll have a program running from 7 to 9 p.m. with the supervisor candidates and candidates for Town Board. This will be in the more traditional style of forums we’ve held in the past, in which no meal is served and audience members can submit questions in written form at the event.

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