Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 19, 2012

Qualifiers are next leaders

-- — While the national media focuses attention on the presidential election, it should be remembered that we will also choose our local leaders this year.

This week, candidates will officially qualify for local offices ranging from Lowndes County Commission chairman to sheriff to new commission seats and more.

These candidates will first face elections with this summer’s primary. Races with candidates from both parties will continue into November’s general election. However, with both the region and state moving more toward one-party Republican control, it will be interesting to see how many candidates even run as Democrats. Some races will likely be decided by the primary.

No matter if it’s the primary or general election, the people qualifying this week will be the people taking office come January. These will be the people shaping the course of Lowndes County in the coming years.

As citizens, we should all pay attention to the names qualifying as candidates for these seats. We should strive to get to know them. We should study them, learning who they are, what they stand for, why they want in office, what they will bring to the office, what vision do they have for Valdosta-Lowndes County and South Georgia, what qualifies them for office, what experiences have shaped them, what temperament will they bring to public debates, etc.

We should do all we can to get to know these names listed as qualifying for candidacy this week. Because some of these names will be the ones leading the region for the next four years.

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