The ugliness of this endless campaign finally will make way Tuesday for those who wield the power, the voters. The free exercise of this precious right is a beautiful thing to participate in and behold.
Kansans who haven’t already voted still have time to arm themselves with information about the candidates and issues, then grab their approved photo ID and go to the polls. The Eagle’s voter guide, both the print version from the Oct. 28 edition and the online guide at Kansas.com, should ease the decision-making process.
As the nation chooses between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, and sets a course for Congress, Kansans will determine how strongly Gov. Sam Brownback will control both legislative chambers next year. The control of the Sedgwick County Commission is up to District 2 voters. And as voters statewide choose whether to let lawmakers do something about Kansas’ sky-high boat taxes, Wichita voters will settle whether to fluoridate the city’s water.
A list of The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations in the contested races and on the ballot questions follows (full endorsements can be read online at kansas.com/opinion). Please vote.
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Eagle editorial board endorsements
4th Congressional District: Mike Pompeo
Commission District 2: Tim Norton
Sheriff: Jeff Easter
District Court, Division 13: Richard Ballinger
District 25: Michael O’Donnell
District 27: Les Donovan
District 28: Keith Humphrey
District 29: Oletha Faust-Goudeau
District 30: Susan Wagle
District 81: Jim Howell
District 83: Carolyn Bridges
District 84: Gail Finney
District 85: Steve Brunk
District 86: Jim Ward
District 87: Mark Kahrs
District 88: Patricia Sloop
District 89: Roderick Houston
District 90: Steve Huebert
District 91: Gene Suellentrop
District 92: Nile Dillmore
District 93: George (Joe) Edwards
District 95: Tom Sawyer
District 96: Brandon Whipple
District 97: Dale Swenson
District 98: Geraldine Flaharty
District 100: Daniel R. Hawkins
District 105: Mark E. Hutton
Retain state Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz and Kansas Court of Appeals Judges Steve Leben, G. Joseph Pierron Jr., David E. Bruns, G. Gordon Atcheson and Karen Arnold-Burger. (Judge Richard Greene recently died.)
Water fluoridation: Yes
Watercraft constitutional amendment: Yes