We're less that a month away from the primary election.

Despite the importance of the choices we make, it's troubling to hear some people say they will show their displeasure with politics in general by not voting in the primary.

That's a terrible mistake.

Locally, we have a good group of men and women running for state and county offices. As in the past, we expect they will run good, clean campaigns in these weeks running up to the May 6 primary.

Over the course of the next few weeks, The Madison Courier will publish stories about the local and state races. We believe readers will find that we've got a thoughtful, well-qualified group of individuals seeking office.

Another resource for voters is a candidate forum on April 15 at the Old Market on Main, 801 W. Main St.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. with a candidate meet and greet followed by short presentations from each candidate beginning at 7 p.m.

Another important issue for this year's primary is the referendum asking residents to approve a $40 million school expenditure to renovate several school buildings.

On April 26, The Courier will publish a series of stories explaining all sides of the referendum issue.

An informed voter is still democracy's best defense. Study, ask questions ... and be sure to vote.