It is cliché to call the upcoming elections the most crucial in the history of our cities, our county, our state and our nation. Even so, the upcoming is the most important, because it is the next one.
Qualifying began this week for municipal offices in St. Clair County, with incumbents and challengers alike signing up in the hopes of earning the right to serve their communities the next four years. Voters will have the opportunity to choose their candidates on Aug. 28.
It is admirable to desire to serve in public, and we would never discourage anyone from taking that challenge. Those who do, however, should take note: Anyone who runs for and wins a seat in a public office will be required to serve the people, in whatever capacity they are needed, during that four-year period.
Officially, most of the mayors and council members in our area serve only “part time.” Anyone who has held that office, however, knows that no such thing exists. A public servant should expect to answer the call of duty all year round, from their fellow officials and citizens alike.
Voters should mark Aug. 28 on their calendars and ask all the prescient questions of those seeking public office. This is, after all, the most important election.