Attendance at Tuesday's candidate forum was exceptional.
The 10 participating candidates addressed a nearly filled auditorium, providing voters an opportunity not only to hear their positions on important issues, but also to observe body language, composure and personality.
But Tuesday's forum also provided insight beyond what was happening on the stage.
The audience itself told a story by the number of attendees and their courteous, respectful behavior toward the candidates, moderator and Tonto Community Concert Association hosts.
We were additionally impressed with the number of young people in the audience -- students who were either encouraged to attend by their teachers, or given an opportunity to earn extra credit by writing a report about the debates.
As adults, we often forget that our youth are watching our behavior, even in the political arena. We need to set a good example.
Payson is fortunate to have a good selection of candidates, and we are grateful for voters who strive to avoid the cynical rut so often carved by the minority.
We believe the council and mayoral candidates are good people. We sincerely thank them all for their participation and willingness to traverse the challenging and often thankless path of public service.
We especially thank the registered voters who are taking the time to learn about the issues to make informed decisions.
Additional copies of our special Meet the Candidates Rim Review edition are available at the Roundup offices, 708 N. Beeline Highway, and at newsstands throughout town.