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Election Day approaches

Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
1:46 pm PDT March 10, 2014

My first brush with politics was in seventh grade. I ran for middle school treasurer.

Puffy paints, poster board, handmade stickers and endless drafts of lunchtime speeches abounded as I campaigned against my fellow classmates.

Unfortunately, I lost by the skin of my teeth. Those few dozen votes that stood between me and everything I’d worked toward for so many weeks were both aggravating and enlightening. That was when I realized singular opinions and voices can actually make a difference.

But the experience of conquering my public speaking fears and meeting classmates who would’ve otherwise remained strangers to me was priceless. 

Of course, I’d be ridiculous to compare my fledgling political career to that of the current City Council candidates, but regardless, the excitement and fervor that erupts around election time has always fascinated me; even more so now that I am covering hyperlocal events in this community.

So, I thought I’d take a moment to remind Malibu’s voting citizenry that election day is April 8. Sample ballots and voter information packets for the general election were mailed out to all registered voters in the City on Feb. 27. The candidates this year are incumbents Lou La Monte and Laura Rosenthal, Andy Lyon and Hamish Patterson, who are going for their second run for Council seats, and June Louks. Full profiles of each candidate can be see in this edition of the Malibu Surfside News.

The last day to submit letters to the editor or items regarding the elections or the candidates for publication in the Surfside News is noon on Friday, March 21, the March 26 issue. No election coverage will appear the week before the election.   

The deadline to register to vote is March 24. So, Malibu, make your voice heard. Elections, whether as small as my run for treasurer, or as large as a run for the presidency of the United States, are a vital component to a functioning democracy.  

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