It's hard to generate enthusiasm for an election that has just a scattering of candidates and measures on the ballot, but Beaverton-area voters nonetheless have several decisions of consequence to make between now and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Both Democratic and Republican voters in Oregon's 1st Congressional District still have time to influence a congressional race that will receive national attention when the field is narrowed to two major contenders for the Jan. 31 runoff.
The race to replace scandalized Congressman David Wu will be seen as a test of voter sentiment prior to the November 2012 election. As such, Republicans and Democrats should be motivated to put their best candidates forward - and the way to accomplish that is through broad voter participation.
There are also important issues to decide in Beaverton related to school funding and urban renewal. Below, we recap Pamplin Media Group's recommendations for the Nov. 8 election. However, the most important thing for voters is not to follow anyone's list of endorsements, but simply to take part in the democratic process - even if this isn't a time of full fall ballots or pitched partisan fury.
Voters who still want to take part in the election should either mail their ballots by Friday, or take them to drop-off sites, including the Beaverton City Library, Cedar Mill Community Library, Garden Home Library and West Slope Community Library, before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.