A voter entering a voting booth in a village Election...

A voter entering a voting booth in a village Election at Asharoken Village Hall on Asharoken Avenue in Asharoken on June 18, 2002. Credit: Newsday/Jim Peppler

The presidential race isn’t the only political contest being waged right now. On Long Island, another election date arrives Tuesday and it demands your participation if you live in one of the villages electing mayors and board of trustee members. At least eight villages have contested elections.

These races are important — because villages epitomize the idea of local control cherished by Long Islanders, because these officials control zoning and development in their communities, and because some of the most exciting development on Long Island is taking place in villages, especially those with train stations.

Multiple seats are open in Patchogue, Mineola and Lindenhurst, all of which are wrestling with downtown development. In Northport, harbor water quality is a key issue. Candidates in East Williston have been debating whether to continue getting water from a neighboring village or to dig their own well. Transparency is an issue in Head of the Harbor. In East Hills and everywhere else, responsible budgeting is important. And Roslyn Estates has only one candidate for two board seats, creating an opening for a write-in winner.

Be part of the excitement. Vote. — The editorial board