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Candidates running for local office will tell you getting people to care enough to vote is one of their biggest challenges.

Only about 10 percent of registered voters typcally cast ballots in a municipal or school district election. That's sad because, in my opinion, local elections matter the most. After all, these are the folks making decisions directly affecting your city or your schools.

This also is when your vote counts the most. If you don't think so, consider that only three votes separated the Victoria City Council candidates in District 1. You can bet the loser wishes she had somehow persuaded four more neighbors to get out and vote.

At your Advocate, we devote a great deal of effort and resources to writing candidate profiles, broadcating debates, working with the League of Women Voters to present questionnaires, and covering the results on Election NIght. You may review all of the stories online at

We're ready to do it all again for the May 29 primary election. County, state and federal candidates will be on the ballot then.

If you're among the 90 percent who didn't vote Saturday, will you go to the polls May 29? What motivates you to take part in our democracy?