A public office is not a job,
it is an opportunity to do something for the public.
– Franklin Knight Lane
In a democracy, the best way to effect change is by encouraging the citizens to exercise fully the rights of citizenship and to participate in the political life of their communities by being candidates for public office and to educate and involve themselves in community affairs.
To facilitate such change, Hometown helps candidates understand how a campaign is run, how to obtain contributions, and how to put a team together. In addition, Hometown works to establish awareness of and respect for the inalienable right of voters and candidates to exercise the freedoms of expression and assembly, which are crucial to our participatory democracy.
Throughout the election cycle, Hometown sponsors forums and events to ensure that there is a level playing field upon which candidates for elective office can compete fairly for the support of the voters. Through all of these efforts and more, Hometown strengthens the democratic institutions that are the pillars of good government.
The official ballot of the 2018 elections was set at noon on Friday, June 22, 2018 by the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections. The following candidates have qualified and are officially running for elected office.