Ask your neighbor ... to run for council

February 12, 2002 12:00 am

Snow plows. Sewer rates. The way the sun revolves around the earth (uh, wait a sec ...)

Your neighbor has an answer for everything, and a bugaboo, too: The City.

Now, you arent too wild about needing a window scraper and a shovel to get your car loose in the morning; and just why nobody ever thought the sewer system might need some maintenance until now is beyond you.

But your neighbors rants still rub you the wrong way because you recognize that The City is us taxpayers, public employees, city councilors, and the concerned and angry who fill (or dont) council chambers every two weeks.

Between now and March 12, however, you have an ace up your sleeve for your curbside curmudgeon.

Sounds good, neighbor, you can say with a smile. Why dont you run for city council?

And for that matter, why dont you?

Five seats are up for election this fall on the seven-member board. That means the top 10 vote-getters in the May 21 primary will advance to Novembers general election.

Youve got to like those odds, especially right now: No one has filed for election yet.

That means if fewer than 10 people register to run in the primary, you pass go and move directly to the November general election.

Now, not just anybody can run for city council. By law, you have to be a registered voter and have lived in Baker City for a year.

Beyond that, wed recommend you be a good listener and willing to devote the time and energy to research issues so you unlike your neighbor can help find solutions and cast informed votes.

Of course, not researching the issues hasnt stopped people from running and serving before, so whats stopping you?

Information packets and filing forms for the May 21 primary election are available in the business office at City Hall, 1655 First St.

Prospective candidates need to:

o File a statement of organization for financial contribution reporting purposes (for candidates who intend to raise $300 or more);

o File an initial candidacy form and prospective nominating petition;

o Have the nominating petition approved by the city elections official;

o Gather at least 25 signatures of registered voters who live within the city limits;

o Submit the signatures for approval;

o Signature verification (which can take up to a week); and, finally,

o Submit a final candidacy form after all the other steps are finished.

More information is available by calling city recorder Laura Harryman at 524-2042.