Hey Rochester and Lebanon: Time to speak your mind!

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With a lower than usual voter turnout expected in Rochester on Tuesday, the mayoral race outcome is almost impossible to predict.

Luckily, we don't see a bad apple in the bunch. All four candidates for Rochester mayor are deeply committed to serving the city and would be a quality choice.

By talking to all of them and participating in the Candidates Forum last month, it's clear to us that incumbent Caroline McCarley as well as challengers Don Barnes, Doug Lachance and Matt Scruton are all more than able and willing to do the job.

Rochester voters will also have the chance to weigh in on whether they want to have Keno gambling at city pouring establishments to help fund kindergarten.

This has proved to be a contentious issue with some saying gambling revenue is not a good way to fund any program, because gambling is an addiction and shouldn't be used as a revenue generator as it often preys on the disadvantaged.

Others say people are going to gamble no matter what, and if you can grab some revenue off the top, go for it.

In Lebanon they'll be voting on whether to partially fund the New Bridge Road replacement project and to make amendments to language in several building codes ordinances.

They will also decide on whether to allow casino gambling in York County, to expand MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, and on a $105 million transportation infrastructure bond.

We encourage folks in both towns to exercise their right to vote, or as they say, forever hold you peace.

Think of the voting booth as your own private Twitter account, where in an unfiltered fashion, you can let those that run government know your mind.

Don't waste your mind. Get out there and vote.

- HT

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