By Edwin Mayorga

One part of participating in a democracy means understanding elections. Tuesday, November 8, 2005 was
Election Day in New York City and across the United States.

For the people of New York City most of the focus was on electing a mayor. The two leading candidates were Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. In their campaigns the candidates tackled many of the concerns New Yorkers have about the city, including improving public schools, creating more jobs and lowering housing costs. In the end Mayor Bloomberg was re-elected as Mayor.

The number of people who actually voted was the lowest in years. Some people feel the turnout was low because Mayor Bloomberg was already predicted to win. Others thought people did not feel strongly that the candidates addressed their concerns.

Many people were unhappy with the role of money in the election. Mayor Bloomberg, a wealthy businessman, spent $78 million on his campaign, about eight times more than Ferrer.

If you are a young person who cannot vote yet, stay informed and think about ways you can organize with others to express your views. When you are informed you can have a big impact in improving life for you, your family, and the people of your city.