Our opinion: Serving democracy

There are about two weeks left before the deadline to file for election in the May primary and a dearth of candidates so far for the multitude of Warren County public offices.

The exception, of course, is the office of District Attorney, where there are two candidates in addition to the incumbent who have announced their political intentions.

We suppose a number of people are playing it close to the vest in this run-up to the “official” election season, but we take this opportunity to encourage people to at least consider public service in the dozens of offices that are coming up for election this year.

It is often said (because it’s true) that local government is that level of government that most directly affects its electorate. It is also the level that is most accessible to its constituency, and therefore usually the most responsive.

Very few people harbor thoughts of driving to Harrisburg or Washington to directly lobby their elected representatives as they sit in judgement over the thousands of pieces of legislation that come before them each year. Of course, district offices for those representatives are happy to take calls and sift through emails on behalf of their bosses, but their is a dilution factor in that flow of information.

You as a resident of the City of Warren and any of the many boroughs and townships in Warren County are able to sit in on the regular meetings of the boards which decide your local taxes or how your streets are plowed in the winter. As residents of Warren County, the Warren County School Board’s meetings are open to those who would like to attend and offer questions, criticism and the occasional note of praise.

By and large, those who sit on these boards are unpaid. They serve to fulfill a desire to serve their communities, and whether or not we agree with their decisions we should be grateful for their service.

They are the backbone of a democratic republic.