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Editorial: Get informed before you vote

Rosemount residents have some big decisions to make in the near future. On Nov. 6 local voters will choose two city council members and, depending on where they live, two county commissioners. They will elect a Minnesota Representative, a Minnesota Senator and a U.S. Representative, all in addition to some of the more widely covered decisions on the ballot.

It is a lot to keep track of, and in this case the election is notable for its lack of familiar faces. Only one of two city council incumbents is seeking another term, and there is no candidate in either state legislative race who has served in an elected role at the capitol.

Longtime county commissioner Will Branning has retired, and while Nancy Schouweiler is an incumbent in one of the two newly formed districts that will serve Rosemount residents, she has not been on the ballot before in Rosemount.

All these fresh faces mean Rosemount residents will have some homework to do if they hope to be informed when they go to the polls. There have already been some opportunities to get to know the candidates. There have been candidate forums, including one held last week at Rosemount City Hall.

This week, we're offering voters some more information with the first of two weeks of voters' guide coverage. Turn to page 11 to see how candidates for Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House and U.S. Senate answered the questions we posed to them. Next week, we will feature responses from city council and county commissioner candidates.

We will also bring you endorsements, decided upon by our parent company, in some of the wider-ranging races and ballot initiatives.

These are challenging times, and getting through them in good shape will require sound leadership. We hope every Rosemount voter will do what it takes to get informed and make a good choice on election day.