Over the next couple weeks, new town boards and city councils will take their seats according to the results of November elections. In Wendell and Knightdale, new mayors will assume their roles. In Zebulon, the cast of characters remains unchanged.
Regardless of the make up of the governing body, the beginning of a new legislative session is a great time for elected leaders to commit themselves publicly to the notion of open government. We believe town commissioners and councilmen should look for reasons to keep public business out in the open, rather than seeking any excuse to go behind closed doors.
There is real power in an open government – one in which all ideas are debated in front of, and vetted by, the governed. Openness removes the stain of petty politics from government and ensures that bad ideas will be exposed to decision-makers while good ideas will win the ardent support of people who must live with the results.
We hope all our governing bodies will take a moment following the ceremonies of the oath of office to commit themselves publicly to a brand of government that is inclusive and inviting.