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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The slate of potential replacements for Brainerd City Council President Bonnie Cumberland, who died unexpectedly last month, is impressive in its size and in its relative youth.

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It’s heartening that 11 people are willing to step forward and offer their services on the city council. It’s often a thankless task and one that can consume considerable time.

It’s also encouraging that several of the candidates are 50 or younger. The council has not had much representation from young people in recent years. Younger candidates are capable of bringing new perspectives to the decision-making process and their presence in this field tells us that they’re interested in public service.

The average age of the city council applicants is 44.27 years. (Full disclosure: Current members of the Brainerd Dispatch Editorial Board members are all older than 50.)

This slate of candidates gives the council a choice of qualified candidates from which it may choose, both young and old. The intention of this editorial is not to endorse any particular candidate or to persuade the council to give extra consideration to younger candidates. Candidates of all ages have something to offer the city. We’re glad the council’s choices aren’t restricted to just young people or to just AARP members.

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