Some of this rush may be driven by news organizations scrambling to manufacture a story during a slow time of the year, but, in reality, it won’t be long before the topic grows in importance.
The first group who will begin to pay attention will be those who are considering running for a seat at the council table in their communities.
They may be upset with the way their present council members have been running the business of their towns and cities or they have more time to commit to the job.
Either way, anyone with any interest at all should take the next few months to be sure they are committed before throwing their hats into the ring.
All those who run will be appreciated because the number of candidates seeking municipal office is falling and finding good candidates is becoming more difficult.
It takes a major commitment in time and effort and there is little thanks for council members’ effort.
In municipal politics, council members live in the community and are always a target for those who don’t agree with their decisions.
The next group up will be municipal voters.
They have to initially decide how their present council has carried out their duties and if members deserve another four years running their communities.
There is lots of time before voting day and the next few months can be a learning opportunity … really paying attention to all the topics handled by council, not just those hot topics that grab residents attention for a few weeks and are gone.
Choosing who will run towns and cities is critical and before we know it we will be marking our ballots.