Our thoughts The thank­less job of an elected of­fi­cial

The Covington News - - OPINION - The Cov­ing­ton News

Re­cent is­sues – along with past and fu­ture chal­lenges – have led many lo­cal res­i­dents to be­come en­gaged in the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of lo­cal gov­ern­ment. It seems more peo­ple are tak­ing time out of their day to at­tend meet­ings of the city coun­cils and other elected boards more fre­quently than in re­cent years. Vot­ers are voic­ing their opin­ions and now a few of them have de­cided to take ac­tion.

Twenty-three peo­ple across New­ton County’s five cities have heard the call. Twenty-three peo­ple have made the de­ci­sion to give up their time, their pri­vacy and their en­ergy in an ef­fort to rep­re­sent their home­town. For that, we thank them. Be­ing an elected of­fi­cial is a thank­less job. Not only are you con­stantly cri­tiqued for the de­ci­sions you make, but your en­tire life is un­der a mi­cro­scope.

Now that these 23 peo­ple have made the de­ci­sion to put them­selves out there, it is time for the vot­ers to not only speak up with their votes in Novem­ber, but to lis­ten as well. Lis­ten to what these can­di­dates have to say. Hear them out.

Abra­ham Lin­coln once said “Elec­tions be­long to the peo­ple. It is their de­ci­sion. If they de­cide to turn their back on the fire and burn their be­hinds, then they will just have to sit on their blis­ters.”

Let us not get in the sit­u­a­tion where we are forced to sit on our blis­ters, New­ton County. Let’s make a de­ci­sion that is right for our com­mu­ni­ties.

Lin­coln is also quoted as say­ing “The bal­lot is stronger than the bul­let.” This def­i­nitely con­tin­ues to ring true to­day. It is up to the vot­ers of each city to make sure the right de­ci­sion is be­ing made for their com­mu­nity.

will be reach­ing out to each qual­i­fied can­di­date in the up­com­ing weeks with ques­tions. We will be ask­ing about their plans, if elected, their back­grounds and more. We want to make sure each can­di­date has an op­por­tu­nity to have their views heard. If you have a ques­tion you would like an­swered, let us know. Ques­tions can be emailed to news@cov­news.com.

Here are some key dates to keep in mind for the up­com­ing elec­tion mov­ing for­ward:

Oct. 10: Last day for a per­son to reg­is­ter and be el­i­gi­ble to vote in the Novem­ber elec­tion

Oct. 16: First day to mail or is­sue Ab­sen­tee Bal­lots for the Novem­ber elec­tion/Ad­vanced in-per­son vot­ing be­gins for the Novem­ber elec­tion

Nov. 3: Last day to mail or is­sue ab­sen­tee bal­lots for the Novem­ber elec­tion Nov. 7: Date of the Novem­ber elec­tion For more in­for­ma­tion about where to vote for your city’s elec­tion, con­tact the re­spec­tive city hall.

Twenty-three peo­ple have put them­selves out there. It is now up to you.

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