A critical election is fast approaching. There are key local elections for those running for county sheriff, county supervisor, Calexico City Council and the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors. There are key state and federal elections as well that could have a major effect on the Imperial Valley.
That is why people must make themselves aware of the issues. One of the best ways to do that is to attend local forums put on by local organizations. These groups deserve much credit for taking the time to sponsor such events. What forums do is give the public a chance to hear what the candidates have to say so they, as voters, can make informed decisions.
But the forums serve another purpose. They give the voting public access to the candidates and a chance to raise questions so they can get the answers they desire. That is what the democratic process is all about and why it is so important that people attend the forums.