Next Tuesday voters will cast ballots in the city elections in Mountain Home and Glenns Ferry.
We haven't made a call in these elections, in part because we really don't know the people in Glenns Ferry well enough and we know the candidates in Mountain Home far too well.
We'll repeat what we said last week. In Mountain Home, the voters simply can't go wrong in this election, as all three of the candidates are more than qualified and highly experienced.
Alain Isaac has stressed her experience as a Main Street small businesswoman, constantly meeting a wide range of the public and having to deal with budgets as her primary strengths.
Rich Urquidi is known for just being a steady, common-sense guy who does his homework and tries to find ways to make things work. He's also the one probably closest to understanding the younger generation, since he's a high school teacher.
Geoff Schroeder stepped down from the council a couple years ago to pursue some advanced education in government operations and law. He is known to be passionate about his beliefs, brooks very little nonsense and studies issues with an intensity few can match.
All three have a reputation for being able to listen to people and even have their minds changed by a good argument.
They have, in the past, worked well together and all have demonstrated significant skills as members of the council. They've all done good jobs.
So, it will probably come down to little things.
No matter what, in these two elections it is important people vote. Democracy works when you participate in it. It fails when people just can't find the time to bother. We're in an age where that happens way too much. Let's reverse that trend next Tuesday.
-- Kelly Everitt