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Vote! Consolidated Election is April 4

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Like many area communities, the upcoming Consolidated Election on April 4, will be uncontested for four seats in the Village of Forsyth. These seats, all four-year terms, are for mayor and three trustee positions.

Mayor Johnson




Incumbent Mayor Marilyn Johnson is unopposed as are two incumbent trustees and a newcomer to Village Hall. Trustee Steve Hubbard decided not to seek re-election.

Current trustees Bob Gruenewald and David Wendt, both elected in 2013, are running again and newcomer Kerry Denison is running for the vacant seat left by Hubbard. Johnson has served the Village for 20 years and has been mayor since 2013.

The act of voting — whether you see it as a moral or civic obligation or simply as the responsible thing to do — is a right that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Even when the outcome of an election like this year’s is already determined, it is part of our democratic system to offer voters the opportunity to cast their votes. There is, of course, the option for voters to exercise their right by voting for a write-in candidate. Also, most ballots, in addition to candidate races, will contain propositions.

Here on local ballots, voters will see the Macon County Proposition to Impose Increase to Public Safety Tax. A yes vote on this proposition would mean that consumers “would pay an additional 25 cents in sales tax for every $100 of tangible personal property bought at retail.”

This proposition is designed to help law enforcement, specifically the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, retain officers. The measure was on the ballot back in November and failed.

Propositions like this one are an important reason to get out and vote even in a season of uncontested races.

Meet the Candidate Night was scheduled from 6–8 p.m. on March 29 at Forsyth Public Library in the Community Room. The event was designed to give voters a chance to meet candidates in an informal setting. At press time, Mayor Johnson and all three trustee candidates were scheduled to attend.

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