Valdosta Daily Times

August 25, 2013

Qualifying: Calling all candidates

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Starting today, politically minded residents interested in serving their respective communities can qualify for municipal offices.

Qualifying is the period when candidates file to run for office. Whether the candidate is an already sitting councilman seeking re-election or a complete newcomer running as a candidate for the first time, all candidates must qualify to run.

Three City Council seats and three school board seats are available in Valdosta. Mayoral positions and city council seats are also open in other Lowndes County towns.

Qualifying starts 8:30 a.m. today and lasts through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Interested candidates must qualify at the Lowndes County Board of Elections office, 2808 N. Oak St. For more information: Call (229) 671-2850.

Qualifying for elected office represents an opportunity both for individuals and the community. There are those who feel they have something to offer, and the community may well benefit from their leadership.

Qualifying is a call for good people to serve, to step forward and offer their intellects, talents, energies and abilities to public service. Qualifying week should see the city’s best and brightest take the challenge of serving the community in elected office.

We do not mean to insult any sitting councilmen seeking reelection, but the common weal is better served when the citizens have choices between good candidates. A city is better served when more good people offer themselves for elected office.

Qualifying week should be viewed by the citizens as an opportunity. Among the names — some already known, some unknown — that emerge this week are a city’s future leaders. It is the citizens’ responsibility to get to know these names, learn something about them. Then, on election day, choose the most qualified candidate, the candidate with the most qualities to better their respective city.