Voters Have Many Choices In Election


Somewhere in the shuffle of bills and junk mail piled up on the kitchen table, you should have your ballot.

Unearth it.

Open it.

Fill it out.

Now, you may want to wait until Tuesday before making your final decision on the Payson mayor's race, since we'll run in-depth profiles of two of the most interesting candidates this town's seen in years.

But whatever you do, do not forget about it.

Do not scratch your head and conclude that it's all too complicated or that all politicians are alike anyhow or that it doesn't matter who wins.

It's true enough -- we're blessed this year with a slew of great candidates -- people passionately devoted to the welfare of both Payson and Star Valley. We've talked to every one of them and the good news is that each has a wonderful contribution to make to the growth of their community. We're grateful to each of them for the idealism and public spirit that has impelled them to run for an office that pays so little and demands so much.

And as usual, we're not endorsing anyone. We figure our greatest contribution to the community lies in presenting the issues and the candidates as carefully and objectively as possible. We trust you to take it all in and vote for the candidates who best reflect your priorities for the evolution of this community. That is why we've covered all the forums and in this issue offer in-depth profiles of the Payson council candidates.

That coverage has revealed real differences in both outlook and policy among the candidates.

For instance, Payson's growth management plan forms one divide in the Payson Council race -- with the mayoral and council candidates taking differing positions on whether the present 250-unit per-year limit on new growth is a good idea.

Whoever wins the election in Payson will have to deal with the plan to bring new water to the town, continue growth limits, strike a deal with the YMCA, work toward a freeway bypass, invest public money in an upgraded event center, do something about the plague of meth, work with the Tonto Apache Tribe to expand tourism, cope with anticipated budget problems and make another down payment on the tattered promise of Main Street.

In Star Valley, voters will face a proposition to waive spending limits vital to the town's future. They will also put in place a mayor and council candidates who can cope with daunting issues facing that still-young town -- including providing a sewer system, starting a police department, putting the budget on a solid footing, lobbying for land exchanges and continue working on zoning and design codes. For a refresher on the candidates' positions on those issues, check out last week's Star Valley page in the Roundup.

Moreover, you'll find all our election coverage on our Web site ( Just search the archives for council candidates or the name of a particular candidate and you'll find a host of articles about candidate forums, profiles and past activities in the community.

The people you elect within the coming weeks will face huge issues that will affect their communities for years to come.

And if that's not enough -- consider one final argument.

If you do not vote -- then you really don't have a right to say one single thing about all the dumb things they might do in the next two years.

Wouldn't that be terrible?

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