Letter: Political office more demanding than people seem to realize

Editor: Many citizens believe that they could do a better job in government than our elected officials, if only they had the chance to serve.

Becoming a member of the Township of Langley council or school board may seem like a good idea when you are sitting at the breakfast table complaining about roads or class sizes. But, typically, these jobs can turn out to be more than people bargained for.

People who run maybe don’t realize how complicated the issues are and have no idea how time-consuming.

Becoming a mayor, councillor or school trustee is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Being an effective mayor or councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Mayors and councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, and the council.

These will all make legitimate demands on mayors’ councillors’ time, on top of the demands and needs of their personal and professional lives.

To those who are running for mayor, councillors and school board, thank-you for wanting to take on the job, it is a hard one, but the positives outweighs the negative.

Make a difference.

Shirley Sawatsky,

Langley Township

Just Posted

VIDEO: Scouts in Langley learn how to communicate during emergencies

Weekend event at Camp McLean part of worldwide Jamboree On The Air and Jamboree On The Internet

Halloween on horseback

Langley riders club celebrates the season

ELECTION 18: Langley Township, you chose Jack Froese for mayor

Township voters went with a familiar face, handing incumbent a third term as mayor

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Fraser Valley man dead after head on crash in Okanagan

Accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m.

Newly-elected Lower Mainland mayor won’t drink his city’s tap water

White Rock’s Darryl Walker is concerned about its quality

Kennedy Stewart challenged with building bridges as mayor of Vancouver: expert

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

Most Read