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EDITORIAL: Belly-aching won't help Forest Park

Forest Park residents face an important decision for the city’s future.

The special election set for March 19 will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Mayor Corine Deyton.

The city now needs a strong leader.

While the municipality does have a strong professional manager form of government, that does not mean the executive and legislative branch of city government should not be setting policy and providing leadership.

Mayors are elected by the people.

Professionals are hired staff that do not answer directly to voters.

The closer government is to the voter, the better government operates.

Period.

Forest Park residents who feel disenfranchised, who want a stronger voice in their local government should seize this unprecedented opportunity for a mid term election to field and vote for a candidate they believe will represent their interests.

Politics can be a bit like the weather, everyone likes to complain but not one tries to do anything about it.

Of course, there is not much anyone can do about the weather.

In government, however, citizens have a choice.

Belly-aching, moaning, groaning and complaining are not productive of any good.

Instead of playing Monday morning quarterback, citizens who have issues with their government need to get in the game.

Find a prospective candidate. Recruit the would-be leader to make a run for office. Support the candidacy. Enroll new voters. Engage the electorate with a message. That’s the way the process works.

Better yet, put your own name on the ballot.

It is one thing to criticize everything government does and does not do, it is quite another thing to take the bull by the horns, and work to be proactive in the shaping of your own city’s future.

Sparkle Adams most likely will run for the mayoral seat.

If she does, her candidacy will be formidable.

It will open a seat up on the council and the Ward 2 will also be filled in the March election.

The potential for an overhaul of city government exists.

Citizens could also go the polls and resoundingly say, “Things are just fine. We keep things the way they are.”

People who do not involve themselves in this critical election, when it is all said and done, have little standing to moan, groan, complain and belly-ache.

— Editor Jim Zachary