The filing period for local elected offices is the week of May 13-17.
Since February, I have been looking at more than 60 positions in Benton and Franklin counties that are up for election in November. I have informally evaluated voting records and job performances and identified some incumbents who need to be replaced.
I have contacted dozens of people, trying to find interested and willing citizens who will run for office. I have arranged for assistance from the Freedom Foundation to teach a free course on how to run and win a campaign.
However, the apathy among our citizens is overwhelming. So far, I have found only three people who are willing to run for office. A few more were interested but "just too busy to get involved." I must be doing a poor job at this. Either that, or the people are completely satisfied with the status quo. But I must warn you: If you re-elect all the incumbents, you basically have given up your right to complain about what they do.
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If you are not comfortable with the status quo, be sure to file next week.
JERRY MARTIN, Kennewick