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Originally published: 2013-10-14 14:17:20
Last modified: 2013-10-16 07:50:32

Our View: A continued vote for information

If letters such as "etj," "udo" and "edc" mean more to you than their use as acronyms -- extraterritorial jurisdiction, unified development ordinance and economic development commission -- and words such as "water" mean more than its use as an adjective -- such as before the word "intake" -- you're in for an interesting political season. 

With early voting under way Oct. 17, candidates for Boone mayor and three open seats on Boone Town Council are tossing terms and letter combinations into the political sea in an effort to let us know where they stand on issues such as representation, a business park, town and county development and future water resources.

That's a good thing -- this information is vital if an electorate is to make informed choices.

And because the choices we will make Nov. 5 are critical to the way in which our town will grow, we were impressed by the turnout at the first candidates forum Tuesday. An overflow crowd filled Boone Town Council chambers to hear 10 candidates discuss myriad and important issues including town-county relationships, storm water control and topics related directly to business development.

We were also impressed that this same group of candidates chose to respond so fully to a series of questions submitted to them by the Watauga Democrat. The first two questions, including profiles and thoughts on goals and job growth, were published Oct. 11. 

Today, two more questions are explored, and the series concludes on Wednesday. Future coverage will include responses from municipal races in Blowing Rock, Seven Devils and Beech Mountain. 

All responses are available online at on a timetable mirroring print publication. And for those to whom those town and county acronyms are still a bit mysterious, visiting the Democrat site will offer a two-fold experience -- candidate responses, and current and past detailed news coverage of these important issues.