Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 is municipal election day with important local offices and issues up for a vote.
Crises reveal things about people and government that we might not have noticed otherwise. But the truth is that it’s been clear for a while how important all local races are to how we go about our day-to-day lives.
- A good portion of our local taxes goes to fund education, and local school boards have a big say in how that money gets spent.
- If you’re tired of driving into potholes and you start to wonder why you can’t take a bus or a train instead, elected city or county council and/or your mayor weighs in on those decisions.
- Local elected officials are also leaders in the local ordinances related to public health and climate change. Want your city to change their mask mandate, change opening and closing hours, or go carbon-neutral? You know who to call.
And that’s just a few examples. Most of the things that impact your daily life happen on a local level and are influenced by local politics, but because we are bombarded by national stories every moment of every day, we find ourselves thinking nationally, not locally.
This has been a difficult time for so many, but the pandemic has shown us the importance of electing leaders at every level. On April 6th, the Spring Election Day, make your voice heard! Every vote matters, and so does every single race on the ballot.
Find out who is on your ballot and your polling location here: https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx