Aberdeen's voters will be electing a mayor and returning its four council members to office in the city's election Tuesday.
There are four candidates – all the incumbents – for the four city council positions, meaning Ruth Elliott, Bruce Garner, Sandra Landbeck and Ruth Ann Young will be re-elected without opposition. We prefer to think the absence of challengers is a sign of a satisfied, rather than an apathetic, electorate. The incumbents have served Aberdeen and its people well and, while we may quibble that it's better to have contested races, we have no quarrel with the return of the incumbent city council.
Our support of the incumbents extends to Mayor Mike Bennett, who is facing a challenge from Patrick McGrady. McGrady, who ran unsuccessfully for House of Delegates in the last election, is to be commended for taking on the incumbent and giving Aberdeen's voters a choice. But when the voters make their choice, we enthusiastically recommend they vote for Bennett.
He took over a city in turmoil (though certainly some of the tumult was a good thing) and restored a sense of small-town normalcy and pride, not to mention sound management of a government in need of a steadying influence, particularly with its finance.
First and foremost, we recommend that Aberdeen's voters get out and vote between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Aberdeen Senior Center at 7 Franklin St., and when they do we encourage them to vote for Bennett for mayor.