Local races vital

So much of a person’s life involves interactions with government. Issues that come to mind include tax rates, spending plans, health care, education, crime, climate change, and many others.

In New Hampshire, the state widely known for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, matters impacting the entire U.S. tend to get a lot of attention. We at The Telegraph certainly understand this.

What many fail to realize, however, is just how important local government officials are in shaping their lives. Just a few examples include:

– Property assessments and taxes;

– Paving streets and sidewalks;

– Deciding whether the city should enter exclusive contracts with certain companies;

– Repairing existing schools, or building entirely new ones;

– Establishing traffic and parking regulations;

– Deciding if a city should ban plastic bags or straws; and

– Determining how many police officers and firefighters to employ and how to deploy them throughout the community.

It is unlikely that Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, or whoever wins the 2020 presidential election is going to give much thought to these matters. Rather, these are issues decided by municipal boards of aldermen and boards of selectmen, boards of education and county commissioners.

This being the case, we encourage Nashua voters to make their voices heard in the March 5 special municipal election for the vacant Nashua Board of Aldermen seat. The two candidates seeking to replace longtime Alderman Brian McCarthy, who died late last year, are Ben Clemons and Fred Teeboom. Each brings a unique perspective to the race.

The winner of this race will face his constituents and fellow board members during regular meetings, which usually take place twice per month.

By comparison, the next president will only be expected to face the nation and the Congress once per year for the State of the Union address.