11/28/2012 9:00:00 AM Mayor's Report: Serving in public office challenging but rewarding in difficult times
By Mayor Chris Marley
As the national elections draw to a close, the month of November was not only a time of decision for our nation, but also for the Town of Chino Valley.
During the months of November and December, candidate packets will be available for those who wish to serve in our local government as a mayor or councilperson. Anyone wishing to run for office in the 2013 council election should contact the town clerk as soon as possible for information on how to fill out the required forms. The packets became available on Oct. 24, so interested parties should hurry down to town hall and get their packets while the supply lasts.
A total of four seats will be up for election (three council seats and one mayoral seat), so the field of opportunity is wide open for those who wish to serve in local government.
For a brief description of what each position entails, please contact one of our town council members or (better yet) contact our local reporter for the Chino Valley Review, Matt Santos.
One of the great things about local government is that everyone who participates brings a skill set to the table: the veteran brings the ability to endure hardship while keeping the mission in view, the businessman comes with his understanding of practical economics, and the single mom brings an understanding of how to live within a budget.
As a mayor, my desire is to have council members who understand the essential skills necessary to work as a team, are able to keep their eye on the goal, and are able to make decisions based on what is best for the town rather than what is popular. At the end of the day, though, the town itself will decide which candidates best represent their desires and values.
Serving in public office is for the most part challenging, and at times can be immensely rewarding. In these challenging times, I strongly urge our citizens to consider the call to civic duty.