Smyrna’s general election will be held one week from today on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Early voting in ongoing at the through Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In the 2007 election, less than 3,000 of 29,000 registered Smyrna voters bothered to go to the polls. For the past two elections combined, less than 7,000 casted their ballot for mayor in Smyrna.
Will the presence of a record 19 candidates on the ballot help send more to the polls this year? Most observers say yes, as it has been and at times in the Jonquil City.
Oh, and residents will also vote on whether they want the choice to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays. The law would go into effect on Jan.1 if the referendum passes.
Longtime is facing a pair of challengers in and , while four of the seven council seats are being vied for.
The council positions pay $17,100 per year and , Ward 6, and , Ward 3, are running unopposed. So is , Ward 2, who is set to take the seat of , who is not seeking re-election.
Like Newcomb, is also stepping away from the council after first being elected in 1991. Four candidates - Ron Fennel, Garry Osborne, Ziad Salameh and Vic Yankouski - are seeking his seat. We’ll look at Ward 7 here, and follow with closer looks at the races in Wards 1, 4 and 5.
Hopefully voters and candidates can use this forum to intelligently and respectfully discuss the issues at hand heading into next week’s election.
So, with Election Day rapidly approaching, who are you going to vote for in Ward 7 and why? The candidates have been campaigning and knocking on doors. There was a candidate and they each have introduced themselves on Patch. What have you learned about them?
What about their position on schools, including decisions that will affect Ward 7 school children?
Do you and your candidate share the same view on zone enforcement or the idea of detailed zoning classifications for the area?
Do you want your candidate to work to ensure you have a Smyrna address and zip code? Do you want more town hall meetings?
How about job creation, train noise abatement, and traffic flow issues for Ward 7? Does Ward 7 need more police patrols?
Let us know what you think and let’s get the conversation started.
Coming Next: A look at Smyrna's Ward 1 race