The election season is upon us.

Early voting started Thursday. The primary election day is May 8.

One of our roles, as journalists, is to help you cast an informed vote. One of your duties, as an American and as a voter, is to cast that ballot based on knowledge of the candidate and his or her plans.

We open our candidate coverage today with a look at the contested district attorney’s race between David Learner of Burke County and Scott Reilly of Catawba County. Both are Republicans, thus there is a primary in the 25th district which covers Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

Here are the rest of our candidate profiles and/or comparisons:

Monday: N.C. House race

Tuesday: N.C. Senate race

Wednesday: Catawba County Clerk of Court

Thursday: Catawba County Sheriff

We hope you will read each carefully. We hope the information will prove valuable as you prepare to cast your vote.

Eric Millsaps, editor, Hickory Daily Record

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