While there are many local issues citizens must consider when deciding who to vote for in the Nov. 6 election, one of the most troubling is the sale and abuse of illegal drugs.
The local drug problem endangers our youth, robs addicts of their freedom and can lower the reputations of communities. It is in everyone's best interest to vote for candidates who will work to keep drugs and drug dealers out of our area.
How do we know which candidates will be tough on drugs? One of the best methods is to look for people running for sheriff, magistrate and prosecuting attorney in your county who have a proven record of fighting crime and cracking down on drug activity.
One local candidate with such a proven record - and who is running uncontested in the Nov. 6 election - is Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker.
Parker's performance in the office has been a refreshing change from the confusion and controversy that reigned during the tenure of his predecessor, Richard Busch.
Parker gets high marks from the police officers he works with closely. He has been direct and forthcoming with the public about the workings of his office since he was chosen last December to fill Busch's unexpired term.
One clear sign that Parker and local police are fighting the drug problem is the fact that, of the six individuals indicted last week on federal methamephetamine-related charges in U.S. District Court in Elkins, all six were originally arrested and prosecuted in the Randolph County court system.
Eliminating our local drug problem is a matter of utmost importance, and we feel that Parker - and other dedicated candidates with track records of fighting drugs and crime - deserve your vote.