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VIEWPOINT: Recognizing an elected official for an often thankless job

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Being an elected official in today's political climate is not for the faint of heart. It is a tough business. I believe the hardest elected jobs are the ones closest to the people. The farther you are away, whether it is St. Paul or Washington, D.C., the more difficult it is for the folks back home to keep tabs on your day-to-day work. Not so when you are a city councilperson or a school board member.

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