Races need new faces, new ideas

The deadline to file to run in the May primary in Washington County is less than five weeks away and so far, only one new face has taken official steps toward running.

Up for grabs are seven council seats in Marietta and Belpre, plus council president positions. Also, treasurer seats in both cities and Belpre auditor will be on the May primary and November 2013 ballot.

We urge those who have considered a run and who think they could offer some new ideas and solutions to the community, to make this their year to put their name on the ballot.

We already know there will be a need for some new candidates. Marietta Treasurer Valerie Holley, Belpre Treasurer Bill McAfee, Marietta Council President Walt Brothers and Marietta at-large councilman Denver Abicht have all recently said they’re not planning to run for re-election.

New prospects shouldn’t only be limited to those seats, though.

Competition is an important part of the election process. Those incumbents seeking re-election should be questioned by newcomers and the public and that happens much more during a contested race. It’s the best way to find the candidate voters think is best suited for the job.

Holding a public office is a great way to serve the community. A position like city council member doesn’t pay much and requires a time commitment but also provides a great and much needed service.

The deadline to file is Feb. 6. We hope more residents do.