02PubPen“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman thinks about the next generation.” — James Freeman Clarke

In a community that welcomes 1,500 new families each month, keeping the public informed requires effort. With the upcoming elections, this effort becomes even more important. Community members must have access to reliable information so they can vote in ways that reflect their ideals and vision for Fayetteville.

There are many hardworking citizens currently serving in public office working diligently on behalf of the greater Fayetteville area. There are many more not yet in office who are eager to serve as well. And there is much work to do. The issues are many, as are the opportunities.

July 21 was the deadline for local candidates to file to run for public office. As citizens throw their hats into the ring, vying for a chance to serve this community, there are plenty of issues to tackle: economic development, responsible growth, public safety, homelessness, stormwater issues, a tight budget, taxes, education, Hurricane Matthew recovery projects and funding, lingering issues from the Big Bang Annex — the list goes on.

These are all issues our publisher, Bill Bowman, addresses on a regular basis. They are issues citizens deal with every day. As an advocate for the community and its best interests, this publication takes seriously the issues that face this community and seeks to be a part of the  solution. And solutions can’t be found unless people know about the issues and know about the options leaders in our community are brainstorming.

This column is an open invitation to all the local political candidates. Now through Sept. 29, we invite you to send us your platform. In 500 – 600 words, tell your potential constituents what it is they need to know about you and your vision for the community. Share your plan, your passion, your vision. What do you bring to the table?

Our readers want to know why they should vote for you and what you plan to do to make this community stronger. Candidates, this is your opportunity to get your message out.

Send your comments to [email protected] or [email protected]

Readers, throughout the election process, we’ll bring you insights and input from candidates. As your community newspaper, we’ll keep you in the know so you can make informed decisions and do your part to contribute to Fayetteville’s future.

Thank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly.

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