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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

The primary election isn't until May, but already the election cycle is kicking off.

Tuesday is the first day potential candidates can circulate and file nomination petitions. For the Fay-West area, this is an important election year.

We may not be voting for president or Congress, but we will be choosing who will lead our local municipalities, schools and county government.

So, what do we want in candidates seeking offices that are closest to the people?

We want leaders who express the desire — and ambition — to serve. We want candidates with visions of what our communities, schools, etc., can achieve. We want officeholders who have fresh ideas and leadership skills that can turn a vision into reality.

We are at a time when good people are needed — people who aren't afraid to take chances; people who aren't afraid of hard work.

As voters, we must make some important decisions on whom we will support.

If we, the voters and taxpayers, were running a business, would we hire people just because they're our friends or because they wanted a job or claimed they had a talent? Probably not.

Local leadership positions must be filled carefully and with thought. They are just as important as those we elect to run our country.

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