Current events are great teaching tools, especially when they are local and effect the children. Use them as illustrations, examples, introductions and to help apply scriptural truths.
Elections can be contrasted to God choosing David to be king of Israel. God did not look on the “outward appearance,” but on the heart and found David to be “a man after His own heart.”
A recent crime in the news can illustrate Man’s sinful condition and lead into the application of God's Word to the situation.
Keep a look-out for news articles in the local paper for ideas. The closer to home, the more likely the children would have heard about them.