Those who didn't win can still help the city
Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday's Hagerstown city election. All who ran can be proud that their campaigns stuck to the issues, avoided personal attacks and gave voters a variety of good choices. But it would be a shame if the city were to lose the input of those who were not victorious for the next four years.
What do we have in mind? Prior to 1980, the city functioned with many more citizen advisory boards than it does now. The council in office then eliminated them to streamline government, but in the process it also removed opportunities for people who were interested in government to get involved without running for office.
Those boards enabled their citizen members to see how government worked from the inside and also provided elected officials with additional ears in the community. It may be too late to return to such a system, but it should be possible to recruit good people for a variety of groups to examine vital city issues.