There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be an exciting election year.
Cynthiana and Harrison County voters will actually have decisions to make this year when they step into the voting booth. Almost every magistrate seat has a set of contenders and the commission will have a spot on the May primary ballot since over eight candidates filed for the four commission positions.
Both for the county and city, many of the candidates are new to the local political world. While not endorsing anyone, I think that’s exciting to see.
Being a local government official is a sacrifice someone makes to their community.
A commissioner’s salary is $8,750 a year. A magistrate’s is $8,615.76.
I daresay county and city taxpayers should be glad their tax dollars are not paying some of these individuals by the hour.
If that were the case, we could all expect a tax hike.
Much more is required of political and government leaders than simply attending the two regularly scheduled monthly meetings.
Attending all the regular and special city commission meetings, I can attest to the amount of time required of commissioners.
Every decision demands research, contemplation, more research and time.
If anyone tells you they do if for the money, that’s a joke.
Being an elected official is and should be a service.
However... running for an office that demands more than one can give is a disservice.
Each candidate for public office has to be aware of what the position requires and should evaluate whether or not he or she is capable of fulfilling those requirements.
And if he or she cannot meet those requirements, they shouldn’t run.
It’s as simple as that.
If we all really want what’s best for Cynthiana and Harrison County, then we really want people in office who are capable of getting the job done.