Elections are behind us now. Wendell and Knightdale will have several new faces in new roles. In Zebulon, the cast remains the same.
Regardless of the changes, or the lack of them, we are happy that the campaign seasons are behind us. Though none of the campaigns in eastern Wake County were particularly contentious, it is good now that we can all put the posturing and the promising behind us and look forward to a season of action.
Eastern Wake County, we believe, is on the cusp of many good things, not the least of which is growth. With that growth will come many key decisions. How will towns address transportation needs? How will they work to ensure that residential growth is orderly and quality without pushing out families that would like to call eastern Wake County home in the future? How will the towns pay for the additional amenities future residents are likely to clamor for, from parks and greenways to community-oriented schools and responsive government? How will the towns address transparency concerns and work to involve the electorate in decision-making above and beyond the mere posting of public notices as required by law?
These are important questions for commissioners, council members and mayors to consider and the best answers to those questions might not always be the most popular answers. More than anything, we encourage our elected leaders to sacrifice their own personal gains for the greater good of the public. Elective office is not intended to line the pockets of those elected and it’s not intended to serve only the good friends and allies of those who serve.
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Even the best government will find it nearly impossible to solve every problem in a way that pleases everyone. The measuring stick must always be what solution benefits the most people.
Let’s be about that business now that elections are over.