Borough, city seats way to get involved

Editorial

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2004

Plenty of opportunity awaits those who want to make a difference in this place they call home.

The filing period for local elected office opened Monday. It closes Aug. 16.

Boroughwide seats up for election include three seats, all for three years, open on the assembly District 3 (Nikiski), District 4 (Soldotna) and District 7 (Central); three seats on the school board, also each for three years Seat 1 (Kalifornsky), Seat 6 (East Peninsula) and Seat 9 (South Peninsula); plus a variety of seats on service area boards.

Residents of Kenai will elect a mayor for a three-year term and two council members, also for three-year terms. Residents of Soldotna will elect two council members, also for three-year terms

If you've ever wanted to be a voice of "the people," now is the time to sign up and speak out. If you're busting with good ideas to make this a better place to live, you have a forum to share them during this election season.

The work of elected community leaders isn't easy and it's far from glamorous. In fact, every year at this time we wonder why people do it. For all their hard work and long meetings, it seems like all they ever get is abuse often (but not always) undeserved.

It may not come with the prestige of higher elected office, but serving on a city council, the assembly or school board has the potential to change the community for the better and touch the lives of your neighbors as no congressional decision ever can.

The time before an election is the time for community members to ask: Is the status quo good enough? What direction do I want my community to take? Do my priorities match those of my elected leaders? Do I know the priorities of my elected leaders? Is there something I want accomplished; if so, who is the best person to make that project happen?

After reflecting on those kinds of questions, it may be apparent that you are the best candidate for a particular office. If so, get your application in now.



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