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8/20/2014
Help wanted
Hey, Ketchikan, the School Board election needs candidates.

Two seats will be open during the local October election.

Misty Archibald and Michelle O'Brien occupy those seats. But neither they nor anyone else has filed.

The deadline to file is coming up quick — 5 p.m. Monday.

Ketchikan has more than 2,000 school-age children who need capable leadership, people who will set policy and oversee that it is followed. People who will apply common sense to issues that affect taxpayers, children, staff and administration. People who are honest, and people who know how to deal with all manner of those in the public.

Ketchikan has plenty of people with the qualifications. Most of them are busy people. But busy people know how to manage time and get things done; that is an attractive quality when it comes to public service.

Ketchikan also is exceptional at volunteerism. Lots of people give their time and effort to a wide variety of causes and groups. Maybe it's time for someone who has been helping out or serving another group to try a new one — like the School Board.

Whether volunteering now or not, just think about it. Ketchikan needs candidates for the School Board.