The Union Recorder

Opinion

August 28, 2013

OPINION: Effective candidates must weigh risks, rewards for greater good

MILLEDGEVILLE — Qualifying began Monday for local municipal races. New candidates will set out to qualify for City Council seats and others will launch their reelection campaigns throughout the week.

Their motivation to seek public office should not only be welcomed but also invited; but the work doesn’t stop with announcing a candidacy — it’s in fact only beginning.

It’s imperative that voters have a pool of diverse, apt and capable candidates — well-versed on the issues this area is facing. As a citizen, as candidate, and even still as an elected official, it’s not enough to sit on the sidelines with a critical eye and not be willing to put in the work for a better community.

The local community needs candidates with diverse ideas and solutions and a drive and level of dedication to address the issues this city is facing — not just occasionally or when it’s personally advantageous, but for the long haul.

As city and county leaders continue to work on shaping a community vision for the future, who is present at the table when these ideas are crafted is vitally important.

City Council recently experience the filing of the first ethics complaint against a city official since the board’s ethics policy was enacted. How should these matters be addressed by Council in the future and where does the ethics board go from here?

The next Council sworn into office will shape the city’s policies and help formulate the vision for the local community’s future.

Running for public office is most always a commendable means to serve one’s community. Those who answer the call for public service in the political realm give up their time and energy and exert their personal resources for the opportunity to lead.

Qualified and effective candidates must have local interests and the interests of their constituents at heart, placing them ahead of their own. Running for public office must not be a self-serving endeavor.

Text Only
Columns
Editorials
Letters
Poll
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth