Take time to vote today

Today is election day for the Rock Hill City Council. We urge voters, especially those in Ward 2, to take the time to go to the polls.

The Ward 2 race between incumbent Kathy Pender and challenger Rodney Deason is the only contested race on the ballot this year. Susie Hinton is running unopposed for the Ward 1 seat that belonged to the late Winston Searles. In Ward 3, only incumbent Kevin Sutton will appear on the ballot, though Vincent Blackwell is running as a write-in candidate.

Much of the voters' attention here and nationwide is focused on the presidential campaign. But while the 2008 presidential election undoubtedly is important, those who sit on the City Council are far more likely to have a direct effect on the lives of local residents than will whoever ends up in the White House.

The City Council is government at the grass roots. These are elected officials to whom voters have direct access, officials who live where we live and help determine how this city is run. That is what makes the outcome of this and most local elections so important.

For what it is worth, The Herald has endorsed Pender in the Ward 2 race. We think her considerable experience as a public servant, both as a 14-year member of the Rock Hill school board and a one-term incumbent on the council, make her the easy choice in this election.

Voters in Ward 2 will decide the only contested race on today's City Council election ballot.