Candidate Filing Week: Your community is calling | IN OUR OPINION

Do you care?

Really, really care about your community?

Have a sense of humor? A thick skin?

How about the ability to listen, even when your opinions run in the exact opposite direction of what someone is telling you?

Time? Have spare time? You’ll need plenty of that.

Candidate Filing Week, the official kickoff of the 2013 campaign season, is coming next week.

And this year, there will be three positions on the ballot for the Bainbridge Island City Council.

A few candidates have already declared their intentions to run. And while they may prove to be fine candidates, Bainbridge voters deserve a choice in November.

That’s where you may come in.

Bainbridge desperately needs citizens who are willing to invest their time in their community, citizens who have a history of collaboration and problem-solving, and citizens who can help rebuild the trust that so often seems lacking between islanders and city hall.

That special citizen might just be you.

Have an agenda? Well, leave that at home — Bainbridge deserves elected officials who’ll put the community’s welfare ahead of their own particular interests.

Bainbridge has been blessed throughout its history with smart and sensible people who have offered to serve the city. We’re hopeful that folks cut from that clothe will again step up during this island’s time of need.

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt said it best: “This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”

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