Today is the deadline for anyone considering running for a seat on many municipal councils in the province. There has been a rush of people putting their names forward in the last couple of weeks, but there is still time for anyone who is weighing if it is worth the time and effort required to jump in the fray.
For some, it’s a strategic choice to leave it to the last day or hour before officially signing the papers.
That worked in Corner Brook in the last election when outgoing mayor Neville Greeley signed up as the deadline neared.
Regardless, anyone who still has the passion to serve their communities and fellow citizens have to make up their minds quickly before 8 p.m. tonight.
The more candidates in the running means a better choice for voters and there is nothing to be ashamed of for any candidate who isn’t successful when the votes are counted.
Everyone who cares enough about the way their community is run — winner or loser — deserves to be thanked for their interest.
Soon it will be up to the voters to gather up all the information they can on the candidates who are on the ballot.
Some candidates will be household names and others will have to work on getting better known and getting their platforms in front of those who will be choosing who will next sit around the council table.
As always, plenty of decisions will have to be made during the next four years and every community needs the best citizens available making those choices.
Pay attention and choose wisely come election day.