Fall is a great time of the year. School is in full swing. The temperatures are rife with comfortable days and crisp evenings. America’s favorite pastime is narrowed to a handful of hopeful clubs vying for World Series immortality. Contractors are moving as fast as they can to beat the impending end of the construction season. And in the Midwest, it represents the culmination of months of soil preparation, planting, nurturing and prayer, with the prize hopefully being a bountiful harvest.
Every other year, the beginning of fall also is the lead up to a common rite of representative democracy: local municipal elections. Elections are important. The results of elections have real impacts on communities. Those impacts can be good. Those impacts can also be bad. In order to increase the odds in favor of good, it is important that community-minded citizens take the time to educate themselves on local issues, opportunities and the candidates who seek public office.
This year in Grimes, three out of five city council seats and the office of mayor will be determined on election day (Tuesday, Nov. 5). Four individuals are running for city council and two are seeking to become mayor.
The community of Grimes has tremendous momentum. We are experiencing dramatic natural growth, along with most of the greater Des Moines metropolitan area. The challenges we face are much different than many communities across Iowa. This pattern of growth offers us a window of opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life to all of those who currently or in the future will call Grimes home.
Regardless of this natural growth, truly great communities do not just happen. They take vision, they take planning, they take involvement, but most of all they take a lot of hard (hopefully rewarding) work. Great communities have engaged leadership, citizens and institutions. They provide ongoing opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to improve.
Because leaderhip is an important part of the equation, we encourage you to educate yourself on the community, develop informed opinions on issues and the candidates seeking elected office in Grimes. Then, exercise your right as a citizen in this great nation and cast your ballot on election day.
We are lucky to be in such a great community, but we heed the words of the great Benjamin Franklin, who said “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” We are living in a great moment in the history of Grimes; let our diligence, as a community, determine just how “lucky” we will be going forward.
Learn more about Grimes Chamber & Economic Development at www.grimesiowa.com. Special note: GCED will be hosting a local candidate’s forum on Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m. at Grimes City Hall. All are welcome to attend.