'F' as in Frank

Get in the running for public office.

There are no shortages of options available, no matter where you live.

School boards, ports and city councils all have seats up for grabs and, for this election season anyway, this week is the time to get in the game if you're so inclined.

It's especially a unique campaign season in Sunnyside, with four open city council seats all dictated by geography, candidates are only able to run for a specific district seat if they live in that area.

Combine that with the fact that this has been an at times turbulent past year for the Sunnyside City Council and the time would seem ripe for contests for all four seats.

City Manager Eric Swansen has taken heat for a series of policies, such as closing the community center, police layoffs, reducing park service and, most notably, an out of whack stormwater fee. As the city manager, Swansen is certainly a point person in implementing all of these policies and it's understandable if there are frustrations.

But all of the above policies, flawed or not, had to be approved - and were - by your city council.

In other words, it's one thing to recommend or suggest a policy, it's another to actually approve it and make it law, as council did.

Speaking of approval, while staff made recommendations, it was the city council that made the decision to impose what has essentially become a nearly one-year moratorium on zoning lands around the airport. The moratorium was essentially imposed because council failed to read the fine print a few years ago when it came time to pass the city's comprehensive plan.

The plan council approved, council ended up disliking because of land use options for residential zoning near the airport.

Council ended up not liking the comp plan it passed, didn't like its own hearing examiner's ruling and called a nearly year-long timeout so they could fix it.

How would you like to be the landowners in limbo while the city imposes a year-long moratorium on what you can do with your property related to zoning?

I know I wouldn't.

It's one more reminder why this week is important.

It's an opportunity to take a chance and make a difference in your community or port or school.

It's an opportunity to get in the running.


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