Those who took the time to attend the recent League of Women Voters’ forums featuring the candidates for Leesburg mayor and Town Council had reason to feel pride in their community. If they watched Monday night’s presidential debate, that feeling could only have grown.
In sharp contrast to the mean, snarky, dysfunctional national campaign, the local race features candidates eager to share their ideas and even to work together to protect and improve their community. They are running for positions that are largely thankless and are rarely a jumping off point for greater political careers. More likely, those winning local government office are signing up for long nights of meetings and frequent public criticism.
Luckily for us, these men and women will have more impact on our community than the one selected to occupy the White House.