Editorial: Interest in local offices is welcome

The 2020 election season officially kicked off last week with Sept. 10 being the first day to file for a place on the March 3, 2020, primary ballot for precinct chair candidates. And while a precinct chair might not sound as exciting as a more visible office, it is the most basic building block of local politics. The first day to file for all other candidates for offices regularly scheduled to be on the primary ballot is not until Nov. 9, but the number of candidates who have already announced their intentions is exciting.

Multiple candidates for Uvalde County sheriff and commissioner’s court have placed announcement stories in this newspaper, and our position has always been that the more choices voters have the better the chance that the most qualified candidate will prevail.

No one, except the incumbent, wants to see an election canceled because there were no challengers. When that happens, voters must forfeit their ability to judge the merits of the current office holder.

We understand, however, that running for office is not a decision to be taken lightly. Candidates should approach the endeavor with the philosophy that any job worth doing is worth doing well. Running a half-hearted campaign or, if elected, failing to commit the time necessary to fully serve one’s constituents should not be an option. Unfortunately, the latter scenario occurs more often than it should, especially when office holders lose interest, face health issues or change their address. If that is the case, the best thing for all concerned is for the official to resign and make room for someone who can do justice to the post.

The deadline for this year’s office seekers to file is Dec. 9, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about tossing your hat into this year’s election ring. At the same time, the last day to register to vote for the March primary election is Feb. 3, 2020.

With a presidential election as part of the national picture, 2020 promises to be a fast and furious sprint to the General Election in November. Hang on for the ride but above all become involved, if not as an office seeker for sure as a voter.



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