On Tuesday, the makeup of the Durango City Council stands to change significantly, with three open seats to be filled by voters.
With four candidates vying for the positions, the contest is not one of intense competition - it is nonetheless important and voters should participate accordingly.
The new City Council will face a decidedly different political and economic landscape than its predecessors.
Instead of making decisions about how to shape, if not control, growth in the city, the Council that is elected Tuesday likely will weigh in on what programs will be trimmed or not funded at all.
Those are sure to be unpopular decisions to at least some of the electorate, and choosing who is to make them should involve all Durango voters.
As of Thursday, voter turnout was unimpressive with 22 percent of registered voters having returned their ballots, rivaling the low percentage set in the 2001 election.
It is not too late to boost the numbers, and Durangoans should make the effort to cast their votes.
There are four conscientious and eager candidates: Doug Lyon, the only incumbent on the ballot; Aaron Tucson; Christina Thompson; and Paul Broderick. All have a commitment to shaping Durango's future at heart and are invested in building the community to accommodate the diversity that defines the city.
Voters, for their part, need to invest a small effort in deciding which of the candidates will be representing them in making those crucial decisions.
Unlike past Council elections that have hinged on divisive issues - River Trails Ranch and Twin Buttes, for example - this election lacks a dramatic topic that draws voters' attention. That does not make the decision insignificant.
Fill out your City Council ballots and return them to the city clerk's office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.