There are years when too few candidates are present on the ballot, when an appointment needs to be made right after an election. That wasn’t the case in Morenci and Fayette this year.
Morenci voters didn’t face any contested elections this fall, but four candidates willing to fill four empty positions kept things running smoothly without a vacancy. The three new council members, plus one who was appointed last month, joined three incumbents and the returning mayor to discuss some issues Monday night and to cast a few votes.
Fayette voters did have some choices to make and one new council member will find his seat at the table in January. Three Fayette board of education members were also willing to continue serving.
It’s good to see an interest in public service and it’s good to hear people describe their reason for running in just that way—an interest in serving, to pay back to their community.
Axe-grinders may present a more challenging entrance onto a public board, but even they must submit to the will of the majority if they’re unable to convince others of their views.