Today, voters across Grayson County will cast their ballot and decide the course of their communities in a myriad of topics. From filling vacant council seats to school bonds, voters will have their voices heard when they go to the polls.

With that in mind, I encourage every person who can to go to the polls today to do so as a way of helping shape our community and the region as a whole.

Among the topics that voters will decide on is the issuance of more than $31 million in Pottsboro Independent School District bonds between two separate items. Pottsboro voters will also decide on reauthorizing local sales and use taxes for road maintenance and repair.

Like Pottsboro, voters in Bells will also decide on a school bond when they vote on issuing $8 million in debt for distinct projects.

Meanwhile, voters in Van Alstyne will decide on who should be the city’s mayor following the resignation of Larry Cooper earlier this year. In addition to filling Cooper’s seat, voters will also decide on three alderman positions, effectively shaping four seats in total on the city council.

Denison voters will have their choice of five candidates that are vying to fill one single city council seat, following Janet Gott’s transition into the mayoral role.

One common argument that I’ve heard repeatedly is that there is no value in a single vote, and that one person’s voice doesn’t matter. Looking back just one year, our own region says otherwise.

When Sherman voters went to the polls May 6, 2017 to decide on issuing $308 million in bonds for school district improvements, the measure was defeated by just 145 votes. What would have happened if those voters did not show, or another group did decide to go to the polls?

That election could have turned out differently, just like Saturday’s races could without everyone’s votes.

Happy birthday to Mary Travis, Bob Boland and Kiki Toney, all of Sherman; and Vickie Willis of Richardson.