The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers in the upcoming municipal election is fast approaching. There has been some movement and a few interested citizens have made their intentions known.
Some of the names are familiar and others are taking their first shot at municipal politics.
There hasn’t, however, been a rush to fill the seats every community in the province will have available come September.
After all the controversial issues in Corner Brook over the last four years, most people would have thought there would have been a rush to gain office by those who made it clear they have a better idea of how the city should be run.
This is their chance to do more than complain.
All would agree — even the candidates themselves — that the more choice voters have the better. But only those who have a real commitment should consider running for a position on any municipal council.
Serving on any council requires plenty of time and dedication.
Those who do run have to be willing to put the good of the general public ahead of their personal pet projects.
A council is a team and must be able to get along without turning into a mutual admiration society where every decision is passed without any questions being asked or options being put forward.
There is still time for anyone who is willing to serve for the right reasons to mount a good campaign but time is tight.
Every candidate has as good a chance of winning as the next.