With all the excitement created by another season of American Idol, it's easy to become distracted. But let me point out that the 2011 Primary Election is scheduled for next Tuesday. This is an off-year election and a primary in these odd numbered years is usually about as low-profile as elections get. In Montco there is a contested sheriff's race in the GOP and in Bucks former Commissioner Andy Warren is running against the incumbents on the Republican side. As has often been the case over the past couple of decades, some of the most spirited politicking is being done in the race for the North Penn School Board where 11 candidates are in the mix for 5 open seats. Republican incumbents Don Hill, Steve Hladik, John Schilling, Rick Miniscalco and Josie Charnock represent the steady-as-you-go status quo. Democrats who are running under the banner of Students and Taxpayers Expect Progress (S.T.E.P.) are Paul Edelman, Carolyn Murphy, Suzan Leonard, Ahsanur Rahman and the enigmatic Alex Ryabin (the latter running a very low profile campaign in '09). Paul Unger is running as a Republican, but claiming the political ground of an Independent. My bet is that the election will likely eliminate just one candidate (Mr. Unger) and that will set us up for another interesting NP showdown later this year. With the pressures on local school district budgets and taxes going up, no registered voter should ignore next week's election!