The Curry Coastal Pilot

Brookings residents, are you frustrated with local government? Think you can do a better job?

Well, now is your chance.

Applications are open for Brookings residents to run for mayor and two city council seats. Elections will be held on Nov. 2, and election winners will fill the four-year terms beginning Jan. 10, 2011.

The positions are open to residents of Brookings, age 18 or older, who have lived within city limits for one year or longer. Applications and petitions for the election can be obtained at the Brookings City Hall, 898 Elk Drive.

Candidates must gather 20 qualified signatures on a pre-approved petition. Petitions must be submitted to City Hall by Aug. 24.

Using recent history has an indicator, competition for these seats is likely to be slim, which is a shame.

In Oregon, we elect our neighbors to be the volunteer policy makers for our local governments. For those who openly question or criticize the actions of local government: Here's a golden opportunity to step from the stands and into the arena, to become an active participant in the democratic process.

The citizens who fill these unpaid positions are crucial to keeping the inner workings of the city running effectively.

Many who have served in such positions have commented about the satisfaction and pride that comes with taking an active role in their community.

We applaud their involvement and encourage others to follow suit.