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Consider becoming a local leader

Some of the most important jobs in the area will be opening up in May, and today is the first day that you can apply to fill one of the available positions.

That’s right, we’re talking about elected posts with cities and school districts, and if the word election scares you, it shouldn’t. To borrow a phrase, your community is looking for a few good people, and you might just be the right person for the job.

Each elected position has its own list of qualifications, of course, but one of the most basic requirements is a willingness to serve. You’d be surprised how many people fail that simple test — a lot of us seem to be far too willing to let someone else do all the work.

So, if you avoid getting involved in local government except when it comes time to join the complaint line and criticize the work of others, we’re not talking to you. But if you’re of a mind to partner with those who are trying to make your community a better place to live and work, then listen up.

The filing period for city and school posts officially opens today, and candidates have until 5 p.m. March 1 to join the list of candidates, according to information posted on the Texas secretary of state’s website.

We encourage you to check out the positions to be filled this spring in your community. Why not take a look and see if there is a place for you on one of the elected bodies?

You can get information about your city council and school board from the appropriate city or school offices in your city or town. In Denton, for example, you can stop by City Hall to inquire about filing packets and information that you will need to become a candidate.

Some information may also be available online, depending on the community in which you live.

A lot of folks are predicting that this will be a positive year for North Texas, a year of growth and renewed economic activity, and that means it will be an exciting time to get involved in local government.

Several area cities are planning to proceed with important projects after lengthy waiting periods necessitated by the sluggish economy that’s plagued us for the past few years, so the next few years will be important ones. Our communities will need the best leadership available.

Give it some thought, and consider becoming a local leader. Bring your ideas to the table and work with others to help build a prosperous future for your community.

Fresh ideas are always welcome. In our view, the more people who get involved and contribute, the better and stronger local government will be.

You can find out more about key election dates at  and .

That information will come in handy as you plan your election campaign.