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Get educated and cast vote in March primary

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

One of our most important duties as citizens of the United States is to participate in the political process. It is vital that we take this duty seriously. We must take the time to educate ourselves on all candidates who are running and where they stand on the issues that are most important to us.

Many people never miss voting in a general election, but very few actually vote in the primary election. Ninety-five percent of the U.S. House of Representatives, state senators, and state representatives are determined in party primaries.

And, since only 5 percent of registered voters generally vote in primary elections, every primary vote carries tremendous weight. So, don’t let a handful of voters deny you the opportunity to select the best possible candidate.

Now is the time to begin educating yourself on your choices for the March 18 primary. The Sauk Valley Tea Party has invited both candidates for Lee County sheriff, John Varga and John Simonton, and David Hale who is challenging Adam Kinzinger for the 16th Congressional District seat, to answer your questions face to face. All three candidates have graciously accepted this invitation and will join us at the Loveland Community Building in Dixon at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This meeting is open to the public, and we encourage every registered voter in Lee County and the 16th District to meet and question these candidates.

Then, please, continue to educate yourself – visit candidate websites, research their stance on the issues at hand, and fulfill your duty as a citizen by voting in the March 18 primary election.

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