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Give It Some Thought

March 13, 2018
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

It seems like every time we turn on the television news lately, some politician is either A- being thrown under the bus, so to speak, for their stand on an issue, or B - being called on to step down because they did or said something stupid.

To be honest, there are times when I'd swear the network news is being written by the folks that used to write the first season of Saturday Night Live - remember the "Weekend Update" with Chevy Chase "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not!"

It seemed like almost every news story they presented in those comedy sketches was based on many of the same topics we are being bombarded with today.

If that doesn't give one a sense of deja'vu, I'm not sure what would.

But anyhow, to the topic at hand. As you read above, the title of this musing is 'Give It Some Thought'. What I am referring to is perhaps an appeal, or perhaps a better way to look at it would be to consider it a challenge.

The filing period for county elected officials is currently open, and for those who take delight in constantly finding fault with our current elected officials, here is your golden opportunity to, as the old saying goes, "put up, or shut up."

Understand, I?have no quarrel with any of our current officeholders in any way. Every one of them is a professional in the truest sense of the word. They are courteous, attentive to the needs of the taxpayers and are always willing to serve above and beyond the call of duty.

These people are neighbors and friends, they live in our communities and they know what is going on in our county. But yet, there are those who feel they could do a better job.

So, quite simply, here is your chance. The nomination period for filing nomination petitions is now open. One may obtain petitions from the offices of the County Auditor at the Courthouse. For each office that is up for election, there are a minimum number of signatures required for each position, dependant on political affiliation.

This year, the Primary Election will be in June, with elections for the offices of County Treasurer, County Recorder and County Attorney, as well as three seats on the County Board of Supervisors for District One, District Two and District Five. Those wishing to run for a Supervisor's seat must reside in the District that they are filing for nomination.

The final filing dates for nomination petitions is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Petitions must be turned into the County Auditor's Office where they will be verified and the nominee's name will be placed on the ballot for the Primary election.

For those who have ever had an inkling to try their hand at public office, this is the way to see what the process is about.

So simply, instead of sitting back and complaining, why not try and make a difference yourself?



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