We have had a lot of the local candidates visit us here at The Independent office this year and, as is usually the case, we were impressed by not only their quality but also their willingness to serve.
These candidates are, for the most part, the crème de la crème of our community: well-educated, respected, successful locals who, in some cases, will probably end up earning less money than they currently do if they get elected. They care, and whether we agree with them or not, their passion is essential to a successful community. We vote to choose which viewpoint best matches our vision. It’s the essence of democracy.
Of course, some people like the limelight and that’s OK, too. But consider the fire and ambulance crews, desperate for new blood, as an ideal way to serve the community as a volunteer. Senior citizen centers need help. Our animal shelters are in constant need of dog walkers, and elderly animals have no hope for adoption unless someone steps up to make their last few years memorable.
The first thing to do, though, is to vote on Tuesday, November 5. These candidates have gone through a lot of time and effort to make you aware of their positions. You owe it to them and to your neighbors to verse yourself in the issues and make an informed decision.