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Local elections are important — and we’re proud to cover them

While national campaigns may receive the most attention from cable news punditry and social media obsessives, local elections have far greater impact on the daily lives of our readers.

It’s where the decisions about the communities you live and work in are made — decisions that affect your neighborhood, your children’s schools, your homes and your family.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette is dedicated to keeping the taxpayers of Lycoming County and surrounding communities informed.

It’s why we teamed up with the League of Women Voters to host a forum for Williamsport City Council candidates last Thursday.

Candidates shared their thoughts on the poor condition of City Hall, the competition between improving public services and resisting high taxes and how to reduce crime, among others.

We livestreamed the forum on social media, and voters can still find it on the Sun-Gazette’s YouTube page. We’re providing a QR code paired with this commentary to help voters find this forum.

And it’s why today’s edition has our voters’ guide, with questions posed to candidates in a number of important races and their answers. Candidates for Williamsport Area School Board discuss how they feel about the district’s curriculum, finances and experiences with remote learning. Candidates for Loyalsock Township Supervisor talked about traffic concerns on the Golden Strip and public services. Candidates for South Williamsport Borough Council addressed the need for economic growth and public safety. Candidates for Muncy Borough candidates contemplated the community’s flooding risks and recreational opportunities for residents. Candidates for Montoursville Borough Council also discussed flooding risks, as well as which public services could be reduced or expanded. And city council candidates discussed how the city can better support the business community and more diverse events for city residents.

These are all important issues confronting communities — and it’s important the taxpayers of Lycoming County can learn the thoughts of the candidates they will be making decisions about.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette is proud of the role it fulfills in helping taxpayers learn those thoughts, on and off the page, throughout our local campaign season.

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