The time for talk is over in Alberni

It's easier to complain about something rather than to jump in and make it work.

It is easy to complain about what goes on at city hall. But it is much harder to do something about it.

Nominations for candidates in November’s municipal elections opened on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and they close on Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.

While a few people have declared their intention to run, it is imperative to good government that voters have a full ballot of choices when they go to the polls on Nov. 19.

Strong leadership from all sectors of the community means better representation for voters and leads to well-executed decisions that benefit the city now and in the future.

Serving on city council, regional district and school board isn’t for the faint of heart.

There is a big commitment  — not to mention sacrifice — of time and energy required to do the job. And being in the public eye impacts personal lives.

But strong leaders inspire strong communities.

And Port Alberni, as it continues to reinvent itself and diversify, will need that inspiration.

More than 50 men and women reportedly turned out to a meeting last month at Echo Centre to learn from former civic officials about what it takes to be a city councillor, regional district director and school board trustee.

The time for talk is over and now it is decision time.

Candidates have until Oct. 14 to make up their mind, and to make a difference.

Voters can make their own differences by going to the polling stations on voting day — Nov. 19.