Welcome to abc45’s Beyond the Ballot. With most of this political seasons impact focusing on the presidential election, local city and state politics should not go unnoticed. Every day, states take care of their own amenities and infrastructure, such as city transportation, police departments, libraries and public schooling; all these issues are handled by local government officials. They act as our first line of government, the most accessible part of government. They are the faces you can actually talk to regarding issues in your city. Tonight we’re talking to several of them.