Monday is to arrive along with some temperature-cooling rain in the forecast, but Monday also signals a warming trend on the local political front as campaigns heat up and voters get a clearer view of the candidates.
Monday is also significant on the political scene as it is the last day to register to vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. And please note in our area that this election is strictly local.
We urge those who aren't registered, or who haven't voted in quite a while and have been "purged," to take the time to go to the courthouse and get registered. It won't take long and all you'll need is a valid ID.
What's up for grabs here are several positions in Dalton, Cohutta and Varnell.
What's at stake here is choosing who you think is best to set policies, raise or lower taxes, plan for the future and be a voice for your community.
Here's a look at who's on the ballots:
• Mayor Dennis Mock is being challenged by his predecessor, David Pennington.
• Derek Waugh is running unopposed for the Ward 1 seat currently held by Denise Wood, who did not seek reelection to the City Council.
• For a seat on the Dalton Board of Education, Sam Sanders is challenging incumbent Pablo Perez.
• Four people are vying for two seats on the Cohutta Town Council. Incumbents J. Shane Kornberg and Shelia Rose face Nicholas Conner and Andy Lopez. The two candidates with the most votes among those four will be elected.
• Two seats on the Varnell City Council are being contested. Seat 3 incumbent David Owens faces Sandy Pangle. Seat 5 incumbent Bob Roche faces Richard Lowe.
If you register to vote on Monday, you won't have to wait very long to exercise that privilege -- early voting in the municipal elections starts Monday, Oct. 14, in the elections office at the Whitfield County Courthouse.
It's been said that "all politics is local." What that means is that, ultimately, voters are concerned most about issues that affect their personal lives and home communities, and they vote accordingly.
These local races are all about that.
They are also an early indicator of what's to come. In the spring, we'll have state and national primaries, followed by summer political conventions leading to the presidential election that will be in a little more than a year.
By being a registered voter, you'll play an important part in all of that.