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Editorial: Getting engaged in local government

When the filing deadline for city offices rolled around at 5 p.m. Tuesday, each of the seats up for election in Worthington’s city government had a contested race.

It was a turn of events that was gratifying to see, as all too often in recent years there has been a lack of people willing to put their names on the ballot and serve their community in that capacity.

This time around, Mayor Alan Oberloh has two challengers, Mike Kuhle and Chris Dybevick. Ward 1 voters will have a choice between two candidates, incumbent Ron Wood  and Larry Janssen.

And then for Ward 2 — an open seat as current councilman Kuhle is vying for the mayoral position — there are four candidates now on the ballot: Michael Harmon, Jeanene Townswick, Rodolfo Martinez and Chad Cummings. A fifth candidate, Darlene Vortherms, withdrew Wednesday.

We are sure that each of the candidates came to the decision to put his or her name on the ballot after much consideration and for different reasons, but we hope that their main desire is to play a role in making Worthington a great place to live and work.

Our city needs more people, like these, who are willing to step forward and work toward a better Worthington for everyone.