Imagine looking at a restaurant menu where the different food categories all have many choices that look appealing.

Looking at the variety of dishes offered under headings such as seafood; Pasta; sandwiches; steaks and ribs; and chicken, you realize that it can be difficult to choose just one meal that will satisfy your appetite and your tastes.

In some ways, the task facing restaurant patrons in this scenario is similar to the challenge faced by voters as they navigate their way through a ballot and make their selections among aspiring job seekers. .

Take, for example, the choices Lake County voters will make in the Nov. 8 general election. The ballot includes candidate races for US, state and county positions.

At the federal level, the US Senate contest between Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican JD Vance has drawn a lot of attention.

As for the statewide races, incumbent Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, is seeking re-election against Democrat Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton.

In addition, two Lake County state representatives, Democrat Dan Troy and Republican Jamie Callender, each face opposition in their respective bids to win new terms.

Troy clashes Republican George Phillips in the 23rd district of Ohio House. Meanwhile, the Ohio House 57th District Race pits Callender against Democrat Evan Rosborough.

As for Lake County government offices, voters will vote in three contests on Nov. 8.

Democrat Maureen Kelly faces Republican Richard Regovich for a county commissioner seat – an unexpired term ending Jan. 1, 2025.

This unexpired term is vacated by Commissioner John Plecnik. He is running for the full four-year seat, previously held by Commissioner Ron Young, who retired in May.

Plecnik, a Republican, faces Democratic challenger Adam Dudziak.

Meanwhile, Lake County Auditor Christopher Galloway, a Republican, aims for re-election in a race against Democrat Joseph Shriver.

In addition to candidate races, the Lake County general election ballot also includes renewal draws in various communities. Grand River Village voters too will decide the fate a renewal fee of 5 million and an increase of 3 million over five years for current operating expenses.

Clearly, Lake County voters have a lot to consider in the Nov. 8 election.

For those who voted early, their work is already done. But for registered voters who haven’t yet cast their ballots, The News-Herald wants to offer some advice for those who haven’t studied what’s on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Our suggestion: Start doing your homework, so you can make informed choices. Here are some ideas on how this can be accomplished:

First, check your county election commission’s website for candidate races and polling questions you can vote for.

Then go back to the Internet (or visit your local library, if you don’t have a computer) and see which applicants in your community have a website or Facebook page. These are good places to check out each candidate’s platform and see how it matches your preferences.

Also keep an eye on your mailboxes and doorsteps this fall to see if candidates are producing brochures, flyers or other printed materials about what they will do if elected. Or, if you happen to come across a local candidate campaigning and knocking on your door, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

In addition, The News-Herald featured preview articles on contested candidate races, as well as voting issues, ahead of the election. You can check out the stories that have been written by visiting news-herald.com.

Regarding levy issues, we recommend that you know what you are voting for and analyze how it will affect your finances and/or the community as a whole.

While presidential elections typically generate the most excitement among voters, don’t overlook the importance of the upcoming Nov. 8 elections, which involve offices at the federal, state, and county levels.

Please take your role as a voter seriously and make wise choices when filling out and submitting your ballot.