One thought came to mind while researching candidates and issues for the Independent's election endorsements in this issue, starting here.
In most of our school districts, from D-11 to Harrison D-2, Academy D-20 and Falcon D-49, worthy board candidates filled, even jammed, the ballot. It was encouraging to see so many people interested enough to pursue demanding, and often thankless, four-year terms of service.
Likewise, this week when the Colorado Springs City Council conducted its interviews to replace departing member Jerry Heimlicher, 19 candidates came forward.
At a time when so many people are talking about the need for fresh leadership in our city, the talent pool appears to be abundant. Yet, in the municipal election just six months ago, two incumbent Councilors faced no opposition. The other two district races featured only two candidates each.
Looking ahead to the next city election in 2011, four at-large seats and the mayoral office will be up for grabs. Our next step as a community should be trying to inspire some of the same people who have emerged this fall to take their ideas and ambitions to another level. How can we do it? Figuring out the answer won't be easy, but it will be worth taking on.