For those who are interested in their community and school, it’s time to step up to the plate.
The number of candidates participating in local races in the May 17 primary is down.
According to an unofficial list of candidates, the boroughs of Addison, Callimont, Casselman, Garrett, Hooversville, Shanksville, Wellersburg, Central City, Stoystown and Ursina do not have any candidates. Allegheny, Northampton, Paint and Southampton townships also have no one running. Garrett and Wellersburg have empty mayoral races.
Meyersdale, Rockwood, Somerset and Windber have school board seats open with no one running.
It’s easy to point out what’s wrong with a community or school, but that isn’t the way to improve the situation. You need to volunteer to become an elected school board member, borough council member or township supervisor.
It’s not an easy time to be an elected official as revenue streams aren’t always meeting the projected needs. Tough decisions need to be made. Residents need to help be part of the answer in making the most of a difficult economy.
For races in which there are not enough candidates or no candidates, individuals can run a write-in campaign. For local races candidates need to get at least 10 write-in votes in their own party.
When the May 17 primary arrives, make sure your community and school has good candidates to protect your future.