Letter to the Editor: Declare your candidacy by Feb. 1

The Cordova Center. (Dec. 23, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
The Cordova Center. (Dec. 23, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

It is that time of year again. No — not Iceworm, although that is right around the corner. No, I am talking about local election time. Currently there are two seats open on City Council, two seats open on School Board and three seats open on the CCMC Authority Board.

I want to urge Cordovans to run for one of these elected board positions. As we all know, a small community such as ours depends on citizen volunteers, on individuals willing to commit time and energy to the organizations and institutions that keep our city running and healthy.

I will tell you from experience that elected board members are not special. Elected board members are people who decide to put their time and energy and thought into helping community organizations make good decisions that represent their constituents and support Cordova in being a great place to live. It does take time, and the willingness to listen, learn new things and set aside personal goals for collective goals. But there is training, and mentors to help. I will also tell you from experience that serving on an elected board is an inspiring and rewarding task.

One of the things that has become abundantly clear over the last several months is the need for citizens to become knowledgeable about, to be thoughtful about and to become engaged in the governance of their communities. Cordova is facing some significant challenges and significant opportunities. Consider being a part of developing the solutions. I am often inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, a world-renowned sociologist. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Please consider running for one of the open seats. Information can be found on the city website under Living in Cordova, Citizen Resources, Elections & Voting. Deadline to declare candidacy is Feb. 1.

Barb Jewell