Somerton voters have no reason not to vote
The two candidates for Somerton mayor — incumbent Martin Porchas and Arturo Magana — have clear differences, as reflected in recent stories in the Yuma Sun and Bajo El Sol.
Porchas says Somerton's recycling program is holding down the city's trash collection cost. Magana, the city's current vice mayor, so far sees little value coming from the program.
They also differ over the benefit of the city's animal control program, with Porchas saying it has reined in loose dogs. Magana says he's seen animal control costs more than double with no apparent effect on the number of strays.
Magana and Porchas offer voters choices in the March 12 race. On the same ballot, six candidates are competing for three city council rates.
Whatever candidates they favor, Somerton voters have no reason not to vote.
Past elections have seen turnout of less than 20 percent. Voters can do better than that.