Local elections

Several candidates already have expressed interest in running for Cape Girardeau city offices.

So far, four are seeking the 50 signatures needed to become a candidate in Cape Girardeau's Ward 2. Two have expressed interest in running for mayor.

Running for local office is a noble commitment. The compensation for such involvement is very low, and council members spend a lot of hours studying issues to make decisions, some of which are controversial. Rarely are they thanked for their efforts and sacrifices, and often they are criticized.

To those who have already put their names out for consideration, we commend you for doing so. We need dedicated individuals, and smart individuals, to guide the city in the right direction.

If you're considering a run for office, the filing for city council seats closes Nov. 19. A February primary may be necessary before the April 8 general election.

Filing periods for other communities will open based on the size and classification of the city or town. In Jackson, four ward seats will become available for the April election. Filing for those spots -- as well as local school board seats -- begins Dec. 17.

Stay tuned to our news coverage on the local races. An informed electorate is necessary for an effective government. It's the voters' responsibility to study the candidates and make good choices.

Best wishes to the candidates as they prepare to convince voters they're the right people to help lead the city.