What in the world would inspire these people to run for local
Betsy Jenkins is the only newcomer to local politics this
election. The others all know what they’re getting in to -- a
thankless, thankless job.
They will stay up late hours and hash out details of proposed
ordinance changes with the consistent flow of community members
speaking their minds. That’s the best part. Local politicians get
nice phone calls and letters occasionally and are often met with
kindness and respect at public functions, but most of the
correspondence is critical, and it seems public meetings were created
to air personal grievances.
It’s a beautiful process really, it’s what we’re proud of in our
country. We chose these people to focus on these issues and do what’s
right for all of us. Even if we didn’t vote for them, they still have
to represent us, and we get to go to the meetings and tell them just
how to do it.
But still, it’s a thankless, thankless job.
Apparently, some people just feel the need to serve their
community. Of course, there are some perks, and there is the
gratification of being recognized at parties, but there’s no way
those perks would be worth it if they didn’t also feel the desire to
do their part for Laguna.
So, when everyone seems to be at odds and you’re in the middle of
it, taking shots from all sides, Betsy and all those elected and
appointed to serve, remember this: