Feb. 7, 2012 — President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address Nov. 19, 1863, to mark the devotion of soldiers on both sides of a nation embroiled in a great civil war.
While Lincoln said his speech would soon be forgotten, it has become arguably one of the most well known presidential speeches of all time.
Despite the bloody turmoil of a nation divided, in his Gettysburg Address Lincoln evoked the everlasting notion of a government “of the people, by the people (and) for the people.”
The people’s government — at the federal, state, county and local levels — is so much more than just an idyllic phrase — it’s the essence of our republican form of government — and it’s especially true during these troubled times right here in Lassen County and Susanville.
Each election cycle provides an opportunity for service-minded individuals to step forward, firmly grab the reins of government and hopefully make our home a better place.
We encourage everyone with such an inclination and something positive to offer to take that step forward and run for office.
Although the June election is months away, the local political landscape already is in flux.
Lassen County District 4 Supervisor Brian Dahle has announced his intention to run for the newly redistricted Assembly District 1 seat. The filing fee for the Assembly seat, paid to the state, is $952.91.
Candidates must file between Monday, Feb. 13, and Friday, March 9.
Without an incumbent, his vacant supervisorial seat could attract a great deal of interest from north county residents.
Also up for election are the District 1 seat held by incumbent Bob Pyle and the District 2 seat held by Jim Chapman.
Some county residents have suggested it’s time to clean house and get some new blood on the board. Should a majority of voters agree with them, this could be the time.
Candidates for the board of supervisors must file a Declaration of Candidacy and a Nomination Document with 20 valid signatures (they’re advised to collect 40 signatures just to be sure) between Monday, Feb. 13, and Friday, March 9. The filing fee is $332.64 and a candidate’s statement in the sample ballot costs an estimated $350.
Both Lassen County Superior Court Judge seats — held by F. Donald Sokol and Michele Verderosa also are up for election.
The filing fee for those seats is $1,787.89 and the estimated cost for a statement in the sample ballot is $670. Candidates for a seat on the bench must declare their candidacy between Monday, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Three seats with four-year terms also are open on the Susanville City Council — at large seats held by Doug Sayers, Lino Callegari and Joe Franco.
Candidates for the city council seats must register with the city clerk between Monday, Feb. 13, and Friday, March 9. The cost to have a statement in the sample ballot is an estimated $400.
And for the first time, voters will have an opportunity to vote on a non-partisan ballot for state officials on the same ballot for both parties.
If you have a vision to improve our city, our county or our state, if you believe in a government of the people, for the people and by the people, get involved.
Our governance is too important for what might have been.
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