Election candidates - we thank thee

October 16, 2017 - 11:45am Updated: October 16, 2017 - 5:19pm

It’s Election Day.

For newsies like me this means a late night at the office compiling results and reactions from across Central Alberta (with pizza in the newsroom).

But for dozens of candidates it means a long night of anxiety as they wait to see whether the last month they’ve spent on the campaign pays off with a seat in municipal office.

From my view, whether they are elected or not, the time they’ve invested is time well-spent.

The decision to run for public office is not an easy one to make. It’s certainly not something I could see myself doing. I’m more than happy being on this side of the mic, as it were.

That being said I am grateful for those who are passionate enough about the issues, their desire to represent the community, and – most importantly – themselves, to throw themselves into public life by running for office.

Whether you agree with a certain candidate and their platform, you still have to tip your cap to them for having enough conviction to try to make our community a better place.

How can we repay these folks?

Pretty easily… by casting a ballot.

For those who are quick to share their opinion about what’s wrong with everything in the world, it would be nice for you to take time from your day to be a real part of democracy and cast your ballot.

If candidates are going to spend a month or more putting themselves on the line the least we can do is give them a few minutes to let them know whether we want them to represent us.

Thank you, candidates. You’re playing an active role in our democracy. Now it’s up to the rest of us to do the same. 

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