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They are the ones who decided to jump into the vicious world of politics and offer their service to the public

Raise your hand if you want to run for public office and subject yourself to the scrutiny and continual criticism that most political candidates endure all for the sake of public service. Likely, few hands are going up beyond the people who we will find on the 2022 ballot and on ballots that came before them.

Say what you will about the people running for senator, governor, county commissioner, city councilor and others, they all have one commendable trait in common — they had the courage to stick their neck out there and invite public and media scrutiny. Sure, there are many whose political beliefs baffle you, trouble you or outright offend you — that's to be expected in this diverse political spectrum of ours, loaded with numerous hot-button issues seen through the lens of people with equally diverse backgrounds, core values and upbringings.

A lot of people want to see change, to see their community, their state, their country and their world get transformed into something better. A lot of people can talk about how disenchanted they are with the decisions that leaders are making, the direction society is headed, but few among us all are willing to raise their hand and put their skills and beliefs on the line.

Whether you like them or not, all of the candidates on that ballot should be commended. They are the ones who decided to jump into the vicious world of politics and offer their service to the public. Regardless of their political affiliation or their stance on the issues, that takes courage, and it should be acknowledged.


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