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Editorial: Too few options

All 17 seats on the Pierce County Board are up for grabs. But no joke, the April 1 spring election has just one contested race.

Ron Bartels — the incumbent — and Bill Schroeder — a former Pierce County supervisor — face off in District 14, which encompasses the Bay City/Hager City area. The District 11 ballot is blank, although Ellsworth resident Brian O’Connell has launched a write-in effort.

Pierce County faces several big issues. The most obvious and pressing is how to house prisoners in an aging, overcrowded facility. Highway infrastructure, zoning, human services and public health are among concern others. The growing demand to site new silica sand mines or expand existing ones could increase pressure on most of these areas.

We urge our neighbors across the river to vote. Support an unopposed incumbent or express an opposing view by writing in a different name. And we hope the few residents who have an option flood the polls and show the rest of the county how it’s done.