On page 7 you will find statements from the candidates for the sheriff’s Office of Hyde County and the candidates for the board of the Ocracoke Sanitary District. Although, there is not a candidate on the ballot for the school board, incumbent Dave Tolson has indicated to us that he will run as a write-in candidate. We know of no one else who will be a write-in candidate for this important position. We at the Observer strongly support the precept that all eligible citizens should exercise their right to vote. We also strongly believe that an informed citizenry will make the best decisions. So take the time to read the actual candidates statements which may help with your decision making. And, yes, be sure to vote on Tuesday, May 6 at the Community Center 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.