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Council service worth considering

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Consider running for the Greenville City Council in this year’s election. Or, maybe you know someone who would do a good job on the council. This year’s election, which comes every two years, is Nov. 5. The mayor and all six council seats are on the ballot.

Serving for a decade on the City Council gave me a pretty good handle on how municipal government operates and what’s involved in running for and serving on the council. I’m glad to have a conversation with anyone interested in exploring this possibility. I can give you a sense of the time commitment, dynamics of Greenville politics, campaign suggestions, and other information that may be useful. I’m not running, but I remain keenly interested in supporting good government in my community and assisting candidates committed to that end. July 5-19 is the filing period for candidates. Now is the time to explore this possibility for yourself or someone you know.

City Council service was, yes, frustrating and disappointing at times. However, it was also one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences of my life. I’ve always appreciated our democratic form of government and, having traveled to many countries, I’m keenly aware of how fortunate we are to live in a country structured along the lines laid out by our Constitution. I came away from elected office ever more deeply committed to the basic principles of our democracy. I also came away with an awareness of how critically important an informed citizenry and elected officials with integrity are to the democratic process working well.

If you want a conversation about the upcoming election and the role you or someone you know might play, just let me know at my email address: mercerc99@yahoo.com

Calvin Mercer

Greenville

The writer is the former at-large representative on the Greenville City Council.

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