2018-06-14 / Opinion

Editorial

Out with the Old?

In case you hadn’t realized it yet or missed one of the first dates in the 2018 election season, June 14 was the deadline for voters to disaffiliate from their current party affiliation in order to vote in a different party’s primary election, and the end of May was when potential candidates needed to register to vote in order to run for office.

The next date in the timeline is swiftly approaching: June 25, 26 and 27. During those three days, candidates must file their Declaration of Candidacy papers with the canvassing authority regarding intent to run in the November election.

Besides the race for governor, islanders will have the opportunity to vote for council and school committee members.

This past week, both school committees and councils seem to be facing divisive times. So, this coming week, we hope that residents will call upon their neighbors, friends, and maybe even co-workers to consider running for office. Fresh outlooks and fresh and innovative ideas are needed to repopulate the seats where maybe the “old ways” need to be re-examined and rejuvenated and the people engaged in them reminded of the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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