OUR VIEW: Don’t miss deadline to run for office

In line at the grocery store, on Facebook, around the office — people are constantly complaining about how unhappy they are with elected officials.

We always encourage people to run for office; competition in elections is a good thing.

However, 2016 may be one of the most important election years in recent history.

All over the country people are upset with local officials, and it trickles on down to the local level with city council and village boards.

Well, to use a few appropriate cliches: Talk is cheap. Put your money where your mouth is.

On a local level, nearly every elected position in the county is up for re-election this year.

Four of the seven seats on city council will be on the ballot this year. If you think you can lead the city better, run for city council.

However, petitions are not yet available to file for city council seats.

Every seat on every board in Manistee County’s 14 townships is up for grabs — from Pleasanton to Stronach townships, from Manistee to Marilla townships.

With the exception of three seats each in the villages of Bear Lake, Kaleva and Onekama, all the county’s villages could see new faces in leadership roles.

The time is nearing for anyone who wants to run for office to file for the primary election.

Anyone who wishes to run at the township, county or state level must file by 4 p.m. on April 19.

Those seeking a township office are required to file their paperwork with their township clerk while county officials and commissioners file with the county clerk. Those seeking a state office must file with the State of Michigan.

On the state level, Republicans Curt VanderWall and Mark Walter, and Democrat Dan Scripps are vying for Ray Franz’s 101st District seat in the House of Representatives.

Many seats are decided in the primary (set for Aug. 2 this year) if there is no competition.

Now is the time to get a foot in the door and make a move.

If you want to see change in local offices, get involved and become a candidate. If you want the status quo to remain, sit back and do nothing.

But we don’t want to hear any complaints on Nov. 9.

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