Step up and file to run for office

In order for our system of government to work, we need our residents to actively participate.

That requires people to get out and vote, but it also means we need individuals interested in holding public office and willing to seek election.

Some of our local communities are offering such an opportunity in the coming weeks in preparation for municipal elections to be held later this year.

In Jefferson County, voters will make decisions in partisan municipal elections.

Steubenville mayor and council seats in the 2nd, 4th and 6th wards are on the ballot. In Toronto, there are nine races on the ballot –president of council, treasurer, three council at large seats and all four ward councilmembers. Mingo Junction voters will vote on a treasurer and two members of council.

Feb. 1 is the filing deadline to be on the May 2 ballot.

New Cumberland residents, this year, will be voting for the office of mayor and four council seats. Current Mayor Linda McNeil has opted not to run for re-election, meaning a new person will take office on July 1. On the council side, three of the seats will be for four-year terms, and the fourth will be for a two-year term. Election filings are due by Jan. 19.

Voters in Follansbee and Wellsburg also will have an opportunity this year to select some of their elected officials, with filing being conducted through Jan. 28.

In Follansbee, available offices include mayor, police chief, city clerk, city attorney and all six council seats.

Wellsburg residents will vote for mayor, police chief, city clerk, collector-treasurer and four seats on Wellsburg Council.

Our area continues to work toward a rebirth after years of downturn in the economy, which have affected many other areas of the Ohio Valley. Strong leadership is needed now more than ever, and we encourage anyone who is interested in seeking office to represent their cities to take this opportunity.

One never knows what they can do to help their neighbors and hometowns until they step forward and try.

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