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We under value local elections. They get the worst turnout despite the fact that they may touch us most immediately. Low turn-out tends to concentrate power in the hands of small groups of single issue soreheads which can lead to bad results which can undermine people's faith in the process, which can lead to low turn out. This is why, after you listen to the show today, I want you to go out and vote if you haven't already. Also, local elections are fun and messy.
These candidates don't have handlers and high paid spin doctors and Michael Clayton type fixers. Their foibles tend to be pretty obvious. There's probably somebody actually named Tom Foible running for school board somewhere in the state. With all of that in mind, we've assembled an all-star panel of election analysts to zip you around the state and look at some of the entertaining races. Are you ready? Saddle up. Leave your comments below or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.