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Editor's Desk: Share your views on local races

If you read our Opinions page regularly, you’ve likely noticed several letters to the editor in recent weeks promoting candidates in the upcoming consolidated municipal election.

Yes, there is another election coming April 4, even though some of us still feel like we’re trying to scrape off the filth from November’s presidential election.

Although the upcoming election doesn’t have the high profile of last year’s, it’s still vitally important because we will be choosing our local governmental leaders. Depending on where you live, McHenry County voters will have to choose between candidates running for mayor or village president, city councils or village boards, school boards, township offices and more.

Think your property taxes are too high? President Donald Trump isn’t going to be able to do anything about that. But your school board, city council and township board will.

As happens every election, our email inbox and post office box are starting to fill up with election-related letters. As a result, we are reducing the maximum word count for election-related letters to 150. We cap nonelection-related letters at 250 words.

We have these word limits so we can publish as many of our readers’ opinions as possible, particularly before an important election such as this one. If we allowed an unlimited number of words, we just wouldn’t have the space in print to publish them all.

If you feel strongly about a particular candidate or race, please write us and we will share your view with our readers. Just make sure it’s accurate and the words are your own. And please keep it to 150 words or fewer.

• Dan McCaleb is executive editor of the Northwest Herald. Email him at dmccaleb@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter
@Dan_McCaleb.

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