Being an elected official is not an easy task, but it is very worthwhile, satisfying and rewarding.
The hours are often inconvenient, the pay is disappointing for the level of frustration, but what you can do for your community is very rewarding, and can make you feel good about yourself for years to come.
Members of the public who disagree with a decision often offer disparaging, improper, and unwarranted comments about elected offi- cials, including on social media.
For those who think their councilmen, or school board members, or township trustees, or any elected officials are doing a terrible job, there is an answer.
Run for office yourself.
There are dozens of reasons not to run. But for every reason not to run, remember that your neighbors and current officeholders stepped up and said they could cope with the odd hours, intrusions, and strain.
Elected officials give something back to the community for which there is no price– the time spent working on public issues, a person’s knowledge of issues and topics, and most of all, their good judgment.
Seeing the community advance, and knowing they set the town on the right course for future generations, are worth more than any paycheck or stipend.
For those who complain about what jerks are on this board or that commission or this council, we remind them: if you believe you can do a better job, put your name the ballot, and enjoy the satisfaction of serving in public office.
You have two weeks– until Aug. 9– to file petitions at your county Board of Elections office for the Nov. 7 ballot.