05/16/2017: "-- Guest Column --"
By Nathan Butler
We often assume that someone else is more qualified, somehow more secure, or more able to contribute. Perhaps this is part of why nearly 50 vacancies exist on government boards across the county. It's also filing week this week for a many public offices, from port districts to school boards to Lopez's new hospital district. Many will only see one applicant.
It can be hard taking on a public position. You are often paid nothing, people never give you the benefit of the doubt, and there are a ton of rules and regulations governing everything you do -- as though integrity can be legislated.
Please consider running to be part of the solution. It can be a daunting task, but we need good people of all political persuasions to step up and do their part. And as the public and as political parties, we can do our part to be civil and respectful when we disagree so that more people will be willing to participate and run for office.
Details on the SJC elections website HERE.
(Nathan Butler is the chairman of the San Juan County Republican Party)