During an election season, one of the most important things a local newspaper can do for its readers is provide information about candidates that will help the readers to be properly informed when they enter the ballot box.

I sat down this week to go over the list of races in our area of Nueces County and to create a "plan of attack" to present that information to you. I soon found that there were 13 races up for grabs in our portion of the county, and I then pulled out my calendar to set up the 10 or 12 week series we would run presenting those candidates prior to the Nov. 4 election.

Well, it's more like six weeks.

I was stunned when I realized we're now just six weeks away from one of the busiest local elections in recent memory, and a national election of historic importance. That means you are about to see a lot of election coverage in these pages. Our six-week series started this week with a presentation of the candidates for Nueces County Sheriff.

Over the next few weeks we plan to bring similar coverage of the U.S. Congressional race for District 27, the District 34 State Representative race, the Tax Assessor-Collector race, County Commissioner races for Precincts 1 and 3, Justice of the Peace for Precincts 1 and 2, and school board elections for Banquete ISD, Robstown ISD and Corpus Christi ISD.

I hope that you will take the time to weigh what each candidate has to say and that you will make an informed decision.

That being said, let me segue into a connecting thought. I started this column with an assumption. That assumption is that you are going to go to the ballot box. I hope you have already taken the steps necessary to ensure that you will be able to vote when the time comes.

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election is October 6. For those who are unable to make it to a polling location, you may already request a ballot by mail from the Nueces County Elections Administrator's Office. Requests for ballots by mail must be received no later than Oct. 28. Early voting in person will begin October 20 and will run through October 31.

If you have a question about whether you are registered to vote or where you should vote, please call the Nueces County Voter Registration Office at 361-888-0478.

And keep checking in with us each week for more election coverage.

Christopher Maher is the Managing Editor for the Nueces County Record Star. Readers may contact him at 387-4511 or via e-mail at christopher.maher@recordstar.com