The window of opportunity for Brown County residents considering offering themselves for public service will be arriving soon, and the filing period for the March 5 primaries will begin in less than three weeks ó Dec. 3. These races will include many statewide positions, but they also include several positions and the county and district levels.

In Brownwood, an unexpected opening on the school board provides another opportunity for service, and trustees are considering making an appointment now rather than waiting for the election process to grind along while the important superintendentís search moves along. Not only is the board one person short after the mandatory resignation of Place 2 member Sandra Garcia when she moved out of the district, the residents of that district will not be represented by someone with a vote when the selection is made.

The person appointed, assuming some qualified can be identified and the board chooses to do so, would serve until the November 2008 election. He or she would be under no obligation to run for office at that time. Either way, the choice will then be up to the voters.

Itís a unique opportunity for someone to make a critical time in the school districtís history.

Brownwood Bulletin