LETTER: Consider running for open board seat

Running for public office is not something most people want to do. Many of us are not comfortable putting ourselves forward, and we’re very uneasy about the prospect of “campaigning.” Let’s face it — politics has never been less appealing.

However, for many people the idea of public service is alluring, and those who answer the call often find the act of public service very fulfilling. Vashon is overflowing with smart, generous and good-hearted folks who put their time, talent and energy into making our community a better place for us all. It’s one of the things that makes this place so special.

Right now there is a wonderful opportunity for someone to step up and fill the remainder of Scott Harvey’s term as a park commissioner. No running for election, no campaigning. It’s one of the most interesting public service jobs on the island, and one that comes with real responsibility.

It’s a thinking person’s job — one that will engage your mind, (something that’s often rare in volunteer jobs). I’d love to do it if I weren’t living in Amsterdam for a good part of the year.

Your contribution has a direct impact on the whole island, and it will give you an appreciation for the nuts and bolts work that keeps the island infrastructure operating. The park district’s annual budget is presently a little over $1 million (the fire department is around $2.5 million, Vashon School District is more than $20 million, for perspective).

Good leaders and hardworking team players are encouraged to consider the position. Submit a letter of interest to Elaine Ott-Rocheford by Aug. 1, and she will provide you with more information.

Mr. Harvey’s seat is up for election in November 2019, and you would fill his seat until the next commissioner is sworn in. You could certainly run for re-election if you wanted to and enjoyed the work, but it’s not necessary. You’ll have done your “tour of duty,” made some good friends and performed a valuable service to the whole community.

— CC Stone

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