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July 16, 2008

Voting Time

July 22nd is the deadline by which aspiring local political candidates must file their papers if they wish to run for office this fall. It's always a big question locally- will there actually be more than one candidate running for every available seat? The answer is no. Will the opposition party be able to put up a legitimate challenge to the incumbent in every race? The answer is no. Will some people who probably should be looking for another line of work come November be forced to justify their positions on issues, or their lack of effectiveness? The answer is again, a resounding no.

It is a sorry state of affairs that while people sometimes lament what goes on in the government process, not enough people come forward to take a stab at running for office to work toward a better future. Don't get me wrong; there are plenty of worthy and altruistic politicos in office who represent us quite well. It would just be a more prefect world if all elected officials were truly held accountable by their constituents and by worthy opponents to ensure that we get the best and the brightest into office every couple of years. But democracy, like life, isn't always fair, and it's not a perfect world.

We can still hold out hope that people will be challenged, held accountable, and respond accordingly to voters and issues of the day to ensure that our representation is as good as it can be. That's not too wild a dream, is it? Think about it...

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