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Lots of candidates good sign for future

Political signs are already starting to dot the Lawrence County landscape as September starts and October and November lurk close behind.

Wednesday, September 08, 1999

Political signs are already starting to dot the Lawrence County landscape as September starts and October and November lurk close behind.

And although there are those who look at local elections as a curse, this November’s slate of candidates could be a bit of good news for the area.

There are some communities that have few, if any, candidates for political office. No one cares enough to try.

This year, there are some races that include 10 or 11 names – mostly school boards.

These are not paid positions – well at least not paid enough to make a difference. So, anyone running for a spot on a school board probably cares a lot about his or her school district – and is basically a volunteer.

The same principle is true for some of the other positions, too. They might offer a small stipend, but to do the job correctly requires a whole lot more time than the money justifies. So, those who volunteer their time don’t do so for the money.

As the political season heats up, there will be quite a bit of posturing, speech-making and campaigning.

And although the political season can sometimes be a strain, this county can count itself lucky – at least voters here have options.