2007-08-09 / Editorial

Running for election

This week the first contender has tossed a hat into the local political ring.

Jamestowners will elect a new five-member Town Council this fall. There are two seats open on the School Committee. Islanders will also choose a town moderator.

The filing deadline for candidates is Aug. 23-24. The election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The first person to announce a candidacy for a council seat is running as an Independent.

Normally, we don't hear much about the candidates until the town's Democrat and Republican committees unveil their slates at the filing deadline. The two traditional political parties are an important part of the local election process because it is often the parties that recruit the candidates. Sometimes the parties will have more candidates than offices. Then a primary election is held.

Without the two local committees, we might not have as many people running for office.

However, the independent candidates are important. We encourage interested islanders who are not affiliated to consider running for office as an independent.

Thoughtful, rational discussion of island issues is vital to good government. There are many challenges ahead for our island community. The more candidates who participate in our local election process the better.

- Jeff McDonough

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