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Find candidates to fight for taxpayers

As the recent primary in Aurora has come to an end, the insanity of the general election is getting into full swing, as illustrated by political yard signs popping up like weeds across the city.

As someone who's been an alderman for eight years or others who have been around for decades, by now the readers of this newspaper should have some idea of our approach on issues that affect taxpayers and how involved (or not) we are on the challenges that face our city, neighborhoods and schools.

While candidates who are new to running for elected office may have a different challenge, those of us who are already in elected office have a responsibility to make our case to taxpayers every day, not just remind you once every four years with a floppy billboard on your front lawn.

Even more strange are those self promoting politicians who are running unopposed and raise campaign contributions to spend on these roadside lawn ornaments more flamboyant than pink flamingos.

There's also the problem of people being pressured into either having a sign or being asked why they have a sign of someone else.

It's more effective to talk to your neighbors and spread the importance of electing people who will stand up for taxpayers, solve problems and find solutions that will respect the sacrifice we all make by paying high taxes.

Alderman Rick Lawrence

Aurora

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