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EDITORIAL: Sleepy elections need wake-up call

Did you know that there are some village elections coming up in Albany County? If you live in the villages of Colonie, Voorheesville and Ravena, you probably do. Or maybe not.

So often these village elections fly under the radar, only making a blip on the rare occasion there is contested seat. This year, there are two such occasions — in Ravena and Colonie. The Ravena election has already seen some spirited activity, as Republicans try to unseat the Democratic incumbents for mayor and two trustees positions. In the Village of Colonie, there was some last-minute scrambling to clear up ballot confusion caused when Lawrence Warner went for the Conservative line in addition to the Independent line. (You can read more about that in reporter Billy DeLap’s story online at spotlightnews.com.)

These are the kinds of stories that get people to take notice, but for the most part, village elections are sleepy affairs.

Consider the uncontested race this year in Voorheesville and a string of uncontested races in the Village of Altamont in previous election cycles. Consider that the reason given for the attempt to disqualify Warner’s Conservative line on the Colonie ballot was because it just had never been done that way before. This, in a village that hasn’t seen a new candidate run for office in about 16 years. And consider that finding any information about these and past village elections will frequently have you sifting through multiple sources or may not even exist at all.

Nobody really expects a raging political debate when it comes to village elections, and considering these districts cover such a small area where political opponents are also neighbors (quite literally in the case of Colonie’s Warner and candidate Patrice Lockhart), it is not necessarily a bad idea to want to keep things low-key.

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