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Let’s shake things up

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:00 am


Have you ever thought about running for office?  Do you think you have good ideas that would enhance the local school district or residents? Have you ever been dissatisfied with the decisions of your current elected officials?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should throw your name into the hat for local office.

This year, four seats on both the Louisa County Board of Supervisors and Louisa County School Board are up for reelection in the Mountain Road, Patrick Henry, Green Springs and Mineral districts.

While it’s great that we have incumbents who love what they do and choose to seek reelection, we also think a little competition is a good thing.

Ideally, it’s best when voters have more than one candidate to choose from.  Competition opens up dialogue and shapes the conversation about how to best serve the people and students of Louisa.

An election is similar to the hiring process.  It’s better to have a strong pool of candidates to choose from than being stuck with the only applicant – qualified or not – because you don’t have a choice.

Yes, we’ve heard all the reasons why people decide not to step up – you don’t have the time, don’t want the additional headache or don’t think you could ever stand a chance.

That type of thinking gets us nowhere and everybody suffers.  Our forefathers gave their lives so that we can be free – and that includes being free to participate in the democratic process.

Apathy is the true killer of democracy.  When citizens choose to sit back and do nothing, we all lose. If you want options at the polls this year, talk to your family, neighbors, friends and church members – get the conversation going.

Maybe there are some brave leaders out there who have thought about running for office one day, but just needed that extra nudge.  Well, why not this year?  If a nudge doesn’t work, shove them in the right direction so that voters will not have to settle.

The deadline to complete the paperwork is June 11, which is right around the corner considering all the paperwork that needs to be filed and petitions signed.

Call the voter registrar’s office at (540) 967-3427, or visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website at and get started.

Let’s shake things up this year and give voters a choice!