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Public service requires public involvement | Editorial

Next week, Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard will deliver her annual “State of the Town” address.

She will speak 6 p.m. Monday at Christopher’s restaurant on Coveland Street.

During her presentation Conard will talk about sales and lodging taxes and how those are a good indicator of how the town is doing financially.

Conard said she will also be discussing new  and ongoing projects, as well as challenges the town faces in the coming year.

If you haven’t reserved your seat for the event, you have until Friday afternoon. Tickets are purchased from the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.

Not only is it important for elected officials to remain transparent and communicative, but it’s important for their citizens to be informed and active participants in the governing process.

Filing Week is underway statewide, and it offers a good opportunity for those interested in public service to jump on board and run for office.

Several new candidates as well as some incumbents have already filed.

Coincidently, deadline to file for office is Friday.Candidates must file by 4 p.m. at the Island County Auditor’s Office.

For those who don’t want to or cannot run for office, there are other ways to participate in the process.

Attend council and government board meetings, volunteer for a committee or stand up and speak up about an issue you feel passionately about.

Conard and the rest of the town council meet 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Island County Hearing Room.

Public involvement helps to ensure government accountability and that the voice of the people is being heard. Public officials are elected to represent everyone. In fairness, they cannot do the best job possible  if they don’t hear from those they serve.

It’s up to us to each of us to be involved, informed and speak up.

 

 

Megan Hansen is editor of The Whidbey Examiner. She can be reached at mhansen@whidbeynewsgroup.com

 

 

 

 

 

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