Take the path worth walking

To the editor:

The winds of change are coming to Wellington this fall. After over two decades, our village will have a new mayor in 2016 as mayor Barb O’Keefe retires. On council, Steve Maurer retires after eight years of serving the community. Additionally, the terms of Guy Wells and Helen Dronsfield are up. If that’s not enough, the village needs 11 people to step forward to serve on our first charter commission review board. By my count, that’s 15 opportunities to serve our community.

I would urge anyone who has an interest in doing so to make their way to the board of elections and pull the necessary paperwork. I’d be lying if I told you that public service is always easy and fun because it’s not. Decisions are made that may have an adverse impact on yourself, your family, and your friends. You’ll likely hear far more negative comments on your performance than positive ones. You’ll hear statements attributed to you that never occurred. But if you always remember the big picture — Wellington first and foremost — you’ll find public service more rewarding than you could have ever imagined.

So whether it’s myself, Patti Young, or a yet undeclared candidate that replaces mayor O’Keefe; regardless if we have one, two, or three new members of council; no matter what 11 people step forward for the charter review board, our community wins. Why? Because an active and informed electorate will always be a springboard toward success for Wellington. I ask all interested in serving in one of these 15 positions to take that first step. I promise it will be a path worth walking.

Hans Schneider

Wellington Councilman and mayoral candidate