A Candid Call For Qualified Candidates


Wanted -- persons who are willing to be publicly criticized, ridiculed and mocked for even their best efforts. Must be willing to give up years of their lives in the service of others, many of whom will not appreciate or recognize that service. Qualified persons must also be able to stand and defend every decision they make and be expected to only make good decisions.

This could be an advertisement for a pastor or a parent. Both jobs are tough, but can be rewarding.

The job descriptions for town councilmembers and mayor also fit this call.

Knowing this, the ad would be incomplete if it didn't say:

Persons accepting these positions can play an important role in making life better for thousands of people. They may find satisfaction in making neighborhoods safer, streets cleaner, and providing good jobs, clean water and affordable housing for generations to come. Qualified candidates will be persons of character and integrity. The desired individuals are those who do not grudgingly stand on the sidelines and complain, but understand the value of finding solutions and putting ideas into action.

If you would like to be considered for these civic jobs, you have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 to submit your candidate packet to Town Hall. Your packet must include no less than 110 signatures of voters who support your decision to run for public office.

On March 14, 2000, there will be an election to fill three council seats and the position of mayor. These four positions represent 57 percent of the decision-makers on the council who will shape Payson's future.

For those of us who are not willing to take on such a leadership role, we should be prepared to support those who are. The deadline to register to vote in the March council election is Feb. 14, 2000.

For more information on candidate submissions, nomination petitions and voter registration, call Town Clerk Silvia Smith at 474-5242, ext. 240.

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