Confused about which candidates are running for which office and where they stand on the issues? The League of Women Voters of Manatee County has created a Voter Information Center on its website, www.lwvmanatee.org, to provide a handy guide to nonpartisan information.
The site includes the league's Voters Guide to Candidates in the Primary Election, containing the background and viewpoints of the candidates on the primary ballot in Manatee County.
The league is also supplying printed copies of this guide for distribution to public libraries, civic and residential community offices. If your group would like a supply, call 941-729-9248
In addition to the Voters Guide, the league's Information Center also features links to other sources of nonpartisan election information, such as Manatee Educational Television, which broadcasts candidate debates on its stations and online. Using METV's YouTube link, citizens can watch these forums, and view competing candidates sparring over the issues.
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The League of Women Voters encourages all voters to go to the polls on Aug. 26, or take advantage of early voting or vote by mail. Many people don't realize how important the primary election is. This election not only determines which candidates will advance to the general election, but will also decide certain elections, such as the Manatee County School Board and the Manatee County Commission District 4 races.
Commission District 2 will also be largely determined in the primary, given that the only opposition facing the winner of that contest in the general election will be a write-in candidate.
The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, encourages informed and active citizen participation in government.
Rosalie Shaffer, President, League of Women Voters of Manatee County