This Saturday's elections - for tolls, property taxes and judgeships - are really heating up. That's the subject of this week's commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

There's no such thing as a 'minor' election. If it's on the ballot, it's important.

It's even more important when what's on the ballot affects your personal safety, your quality of life, or your pocketbook. This Saturday's elections across the metro area affect all three.

In Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes, voters will decide once and for all whether to put tolls back on the Crescent City Connection. Most voters in Jefferson will also decide whether to renew a handful of property tax millages for schools, sewerage, water and fire protection. Those are all pocketbook and quality of life issues

Orleans and Jefferson also have judicial elections on the ballot. The winners of those races will preside over criminal trials. That makes those races about your safety.

This weekend is also the second weekend of Jazz Fest an important date on many people's calendar. So before you head out to the Fest, or go anywhere else this Saturday, make sure you go vote. Because these elections, like all elections, are important.

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