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Campaign season is back again

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By Stephen Lega

Like unsightly weeds, campaign signs are starting to pop up in yards across Marion County. No doubt, most sign-posters are sincere in their support of the candidates' whose names adorn their yards, but that doesn't make them any more pleasant to see. But that also means Election Day is coming. This year, it's Nov. 2. With today's edition, we begin our coverage of the 2010 general election. With just one contested county race, we started there.  For the first time in more than two decades, Marion County voters will be deciding the county coroner. Since 1989 (the last contested race), only one candidate has filed to run for the coroner's position. Last week, more questionnaires were sent to the candidates running for contested city positions. This year, that includes the Bradfordsville City Commission, the Loretto City Commission, the Lebanon City Council and the mayor's seat in Loretto. If you are one of these candidates and you haven't received a questionnaire, please call the newspaper as soon as possible.  The Bradfordsville race only recently became contested. Initially, only three candidates - George Edelen Jr., Sandy Gribbins and Travis May - filed for the four commission seats. Last week, Lee Tungate and Jerry Lee Tungate officially declared their intentions to run as write-in candidates. Speaking of which, anyone considering a write-in campaign has until 4 p.m. Oct. 22. In addition to the city and county seats, Marion County voters will have a say in a district judge's race and three of the five seats on the Marion County Board of Education are also up for election this year. Questionnaires for those races may already be in the mail by the time you read this.  The race for state representative will be a rematch of the special election held in February, and local voters will also get to have a say in who our U.S. Representative and our state's newest U.S. Senator will be. Kentucky's Senate race has been already attracting national attention for most of the year. Dr. Rand Paul's victory in the Republican primary was seen as a victory for the Tea Party. Paul has attracted controversy, but his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, remains behind in the polling, so far. In the weeks to come, we will seek to provide more information for local voters to help them decide who to cast their ballots for. Oct. 4 is the last day to register to vote in this year's General Election.  If you are eligible to vote and you haven't registered, please do so. This may not be a Presidential election year, but the races on the ballot are still important.   Endorsement letters As Election Day draws near, we also know that some of you will want to voice your opinion about who should be elected. If you want to write an endorsement letter, please keep the following information in mind: - Letters must be 400 words or less. - Letters must be signed by one person - The letter must include the address of the writer. - The letter must include a phone number. To make sure we are able to print all letters before Election Day, the deadline for endorsement letters is 5 p.m. Oct. 15.   JROTC needs help honoring veterans The Marion County JROTC needs your help to honor Veterans during its Veterans Day ceremony, which will be held Nov. 11. The cadets are looking for pictures of veterans from Marion County and Kentucky. The veterans may be alive or dead, active duty or resigned. The pictures will be incorporated into a slideshow that will be part of the Veterans Day program at Marion County High School. For more information, call the high school at 692-6066.