Qualifying for the general municipal elections opened Monday with a full slate of candidates lining up to fill out their paper work. It is good to see the Elections Office staff, which performs admirably during each election cycle, so busy with interested candidates.

Each new election is an opportunity to make a difference in the business put forth by respective local governments. People with new ideas or those who answer the call to public service enter the process that is so uniquely American. In our system, you have a voice with your vote or by becoming a candidate and taking office.

Those who decide to run for public office should be commended for their willingness to give their time and ability. It's easy to sit on the sidelines and complain or to criticize those who set policy. It's a different matter entirely to put your name on a ballot and submit to the democratic process.

The City of Valdosta will have three Council races -- in Districts 2, 4 and 6. The City School Board will have an equal number of races in Districts 4, 5 and 6. In the City of Hahira, there will be races for mayor and the District 1 and 4 Council seats. Lake Park will host a mayoral race as well as Council races in Districts 1-4. The City of Dasher also has a mayoral race, and its District 1 and 2 Council seats will conduct races. A special election also will be held to fill Lowndes County School Board's District 5 seat.

Each day of qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Elections Office, 809 N. Patterson St., for all of those municipalities and offices. Qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. For information, call 333-5100 or send email to elections@lowndescounty.com.

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