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Primary Election 2014: Time for some pruning

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The primary election isn't until May, but already the election cycle has begun. Tuesday was the first day potential candidates could circulate and file nomination petitions.

As with every election, this year is important.

Although we won't be voting for presidential candidates, we will be choosing the respective party nominees who will run in the fall general election for the state Legislature and Congress.

In the Fay-West area, the race for the 32nd District senatorial seat is heating up with the announcement by current Democrat state Sen. Richard Kasunic that he is retiring at the end of his term. The race for the 52nd District House seat also is gaining interest with incumbent Democrat state Rep. Deberah Kula announcing she will run for the Senate seat.

In selecting candidates to serve at the state and national levels, consider those with unmuddled visions and goals. We need officeholders who have fresh ideas and leadership skills. We need leaders who can turn visions into realities. We need people who won't be afraid of working hard and taking chances.

So don't just support someone who may be your friend or whose name you recognize. Support those who have leadership ability and who will fight for your rights.

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