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Important decisions in 2020

The year may be young, but campaigning for public office in this year’s elections has been underway for some time, particularly as it relates to the office of president.

While electing a person to serve in the nation’s highest office is deserving of paramount attention in the next 10 months, it is not the only office for which voters will make important decisions this year.

Up for election are all U.S. House seats, including the 12th District that serves much of our region and the 15th to the west, along with state House and Senate seats. The latter includes the 23rd Senate and the 83rd and 84th House districts. State attorney general, auditor general and treasurer also will be on the ballot.

By the end of the month, candidates will be circulating petitions to get on the ballot for major party nominations in the April 28 primary. We will know the complete list of who is seeking nomination after the Feb. 19 deadline to get the needed signatures and file petitions.

A number of incumbents have already announced their plans to seek another term, and there are bound to be challengers. In one state House district, the 84th, the Republican incumbent — state Rep. Garth Everett — has announced that he will not seek another term. But all seats, in reality, are up for grabs.

These seats must not be filled by just anyone — there is too much at stake. These are the people whom we expect to fight for our region in Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C.

We need to send the most skilled negotiators, the sharpest minds, the most determined legislators to the state’s and nation’s capitals. And we need local legislators with heart, those who care about doing the most good for the greatest number of people and those who truly want to make a difference for the common person.

So step up, throw your hat in the ring, make your case. Our ears are perked.

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