As new public officials step into their roles for Lawrence County and a new leaf is turned over, we’d like to remind our readers how important it is to respect our leaders and the offices they serve.

Though the November campaign may have divided citizens according to party lines, many residents were also brought together in support of candidates and opponents regardless of those party divisions.

Whether your favored candidate rose out on top, or whether they, unfortunately, lost the race, it’s important to remember the ultimate goal is the growth and betterment of our county. These goals can only be achieved if the communities and citizens of Lawrence County are united in this common interest. 

In this new year, and during the start of these new officials’ terms, strive to remember that those elected into office are public servants working towards those same goals.

Similarly, those elected into office should demonstrate mutual respect for their constituents. 

Our Declaration of Independence states:

“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

In faith that our government’s system of checks and balances, and in confidence that our newly elected officials have our best interest at heart, Lawrence County will turn a new chapter ready and equipped to embrace change and strive for growth and prosperity—a task that will be more easily undertaken if we stand united in respect and support of one another.

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